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Na and Artis do well at Scottish Open

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Scotland's Solheim Cup star Catriona Matthew fired a final round 70 to secure her second Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open title in three years after a cold and blustery day at Archerfield Links in East Lothian.

The North Berwick local held steady in winds gusting up to 30 miles per hour to post a three-round total of eight-under-par after rounds of 71, 67 and 70. She ended two strokes ahead of England's Hannah Burke, the only other player under par, on six-under after a final round 68, with fellow Englishwoman Holly Clyburn eight strokes further back on two-over.

An honorary member at Archerfield, where she practises regularly, Matthew was nonetheless surprised by the unseasonable conditions. "When it's this windy I normally don't practice! It was pretty windy out there!" she admitted.

"It's great to win at home. It's always nice play at home in front of your family and makes it special," said Matthew, collecting her first win since the 2012 Ladies Irish Open and a first prize of £27,000.

"I played really well today. It was very difficult with the wind. An amazing score by Hannah: four-under. I saw the leader board after 15 and I thought I'd be a few more ahead than I was. It was a little tense coming down the last few holes," Matthew said.

Australians Stephanie Na and Rebecca Artis tied for 6th. Artis has moved to 33rd on the Ladies European Tour money list while Na is now 82nd.

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