Gemma Dryburgh plans to take LPGA Tour by storm thanks to Rose Ladies Series lifeline

Gemma Dryburgh has taken advantage of what the Scot calls “the lifeline” provided by the Rose Ladies Series and now intends to use the confidence to haul her into the big time when the LPGA Tour resumes in the US on Friday.

Part of Dryburgh wishes she was at The Shire London on Thursday for the penultimate round of the mini-circuit set up by Justin Rose to give Britain’s top female pros the chance to play during the pandemic.

Yet despite leading the American Golf Order of Merit in the Rose series, Dryburgh decided to head across the Atlantic for the US restart. “I was gutted to leave, because I was really enjoying the series and having won two events wanted to show my appreciation to the Roses because they gave players such as me a lifeline when we had nothing else to aim for,” Dryburgh said.

“But the LPGA Tour is my meat and drink and I want to establish myself out here. The first event, the Drive On Championship, is taking place at the Inverness Club [in Toledo, Ohio] where the Solheim Cup takes place next year. My self-belief is obviously high after those victories.”

Bronte Law, Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Mel Reid are also in the $1 million field, taking on the likes of Nelly Korda and Lexi Thompson. However, the top Koreans have elected not to travel because of coronavirus.

At The Shire London, the only UK layout designed by Seve Ballesteros, Georgia Hall will be looking to overhaul fellow Englishwoman Charley Hull at the head of the standings before next week’s three-day Computacenter Grand Final, to be hosted at North Hants, The Berkshire and Wentworth.

Teeing it up against these elite pros is the 12-year-old Roisin Scanlon. The Bedfordshire schoolgirl, who plays off a four handicap, was invited after impressing Rose at last year’s Justin Rose Telegraph Junior Golf Championship.