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Gemma Dryburgh Player Profile

By: Golfshake Editor | Mon 07 Nov 2022 | Comments


Gemma Dryburgh became the first Scottish golfer to win on the LPGA Tour since 2011 with a four-stroke win at the Japan Classic.

Dryburgh carded a final round 65 to finish on 20 under par, beating Japan's Kana Nagai into second place. It marks a first title on the Tour for the 29-year-old, who had started the final day one shot behind overnight leader Momoka Ueda.

"It is overwhelming," said Dryburgh. "It has been a dream for a long time and a lot of hard work has gone into this and it means so much as it is a life-changing win.

"I was surprisingly calm. When I'd dreamt of this moment, I thought I would be super nervous.

"I was nervous - I'm not going to lie - but I was incredibly calm, to be honest, and kind of focused on my breathing."

Dryburgh, the fourth Scot to win an LPGA Tour title and the first since Catriona Matthew at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational 11 years ago, started the final day's action with two birdies on the front nine.

She then recorded five birdies in eight holes to take top spot on the leaderboard.

 

Who Is Gemma Dryburgh?

Dryburgh was born on June 11, 1993 in Aberdeen.  She started playing golf when her Dad introduced me to the game at age 4. She decided to concentrate on golf at the age of 15 when she moved to Florida to go to IMG Academy and gained a four-year golf scholarship to Tulane University in New Orleans.
She played in three National Championships and was awarded four-time All-Conference selection. She played for Scotland in the World Amateur Championship in Japan, the Spirit International in the US, the European Team Championships, and in two South American Amateur Championships in Colombia and Peru where she finished runner-up in both. She played for GB&I in the 2014 Curtis Cup in St Louis, Missouri.

She turned professional in 2015 and her first win came in Sydney, Australia on the ALPG tour in 2017. Her next two wins came back to back in the 2020 Rose Ladies Series events, the first at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club and then she became the first ever female professional to win at Royal St George’s.

She plays on both the LET and LPGA Tour. She started the Japan Classic ranked 199th in the world.

Dryburgh averages 250 yards from the tee,  hits 77% of fairways and finds 66% of greens in regulation. She gets up and down from the sand 51% of the time.


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