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Ice-cool Isabelle's Scottish joy

By Robert Jones

Published 25/07/2016

Glory: Scots queen Isabelle Boineau
Glory: Scots queen Isabelle Boineau

Isabelle Boineau completed a stunning victory at the Women's Scottish Open at Dundonald Links in North Ayrshire to clinch her maiden Ladies European Tour title.

The 27-year-old Frenchwoman seized the initiative with one hole remaining on a final day that saw the lead change hands three times and made par at the 18th to finish 11 under, one shot ahead of Swede Linda Wessberg.

Wessberg, who had led for most of the day, missed a four-foot birdie putt at the final hole which would have forced a play-off, while Boineau's round of 68 included five birdies and a bogey.

"What a tournament to win -the Scottish Open!" Boineau said.

"I'm so happy and I want to thank my parents and sponsors for encouraging me to play when I didn't want to. This is just one of the best days of my life."

Wales' Becky Morgan held a three-shot lead overnight but a final round of 73 saw her finish joint-third alongside American Beth Allen, two adrift of Boineau.

Boineau holed at the 17th to take the lead for the first time before Wessberg three-putted, while Allen needed a birdie on the last to tie for the lead but dropped a shot for a 67.

Sweden's Caroline Hedwall earlier completed a course record round of 64 to finish fifth.

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