Golf: Ayaka Frue is focusing on a major challenge after her success at the Scottish Open.

A day after winning her first LPGA Tour title at the Scottish Open, Japan’s Ayaka Furue found herself on the golf course to train for the final major tournament of the season, the 46th Open. female British.

On Sunday, the new LPGA Tour rookie broke the bogey-free course record with a 62 on the final lap to secure a victory by coming from behind at the event co-sanctioned by the LPGA and Ladies European Tour at Dundonald Links.

Japan’s Ayaka Furue smiles during practice ahead of the Women’s British Open at the famous Muirfield Links in Gullane near Edinburgh on August 1, 2022. (Essonne Info)

From Thursday, the 22-year-old from Kobe, along with the other top players in the world, will tackle the Women’s British Open at the famous Muirfield Links in Gullane near Edinburgh.

Furue played an 18-hole practice round on Monday with Nasa Hataoka, the only other Japanese woman to win on the US circuit this season, guided by her Scottish caddy, Mike Scott, whom she hired last year.

“I slept seven hours, so I’m fine,” La Furue assured reporters.

“This course is very different (from Dundonald Links). The ball rolls further here and the winds are stronger. I have to be careful of the bunker minefields,” she says.

Golfing legend Jack Nicklaus once described Muirfield as “Britain’s finest golf course”.

Links golf courses such as Muirfield, usually located on coastlines where natural elements like wind, rain and topography play a major role in proceedings, allow for challenges that leave unique preparation.

Japanese players Hinako Shibuno, Yuka Saso and Mao Saigo also completed practice runs to perform with the layout and conditions.

Furue said she was overwhelmed by the number of players who congratulated her in the Muirfield clubhouse.

But she also said she was trying to put her recent achievement behind her in order to focus on the future, where a bigger prize awaits.

With his victory at the Scottish Open, Furue took home the top prize of $300,000 out of an overall purse of $2 million.

The tournament purse for the 2022 Women’s British Open is $6.8 million.

“I’m trying to forget the feeling of reduction I felt after winning, so I can confine myself to this week,” Furue said.

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