Gemma Dryburgh is still pinching herself, rubbing shoulders with the biggest names in golf but is confident she can clinch another big title in 2023.
This gave the 29-year-old a two-year exemption on the mainstream women’s tour as well as entry into the majors.
“I proved I could do it in the big tournaments, so there’s no reason I can’t do it again this year,” she said.
“Certainly my goals for this year are to win again on tour and I think I could do that. There’s no reason why I can’t.
“To compete better in the majors is another goal – I haven’t really done much in the majors yet, so I think either winning or being in the top 10 in a major this year would be an amazing achievement.
“And then the Solheim Cup is in the back of my mind.”
Dryburgh begins her Asian swing in this week’s prestigious Women’s World Championship in Sentosa and a measure of her progress is indicated by the Aberdeen-born player being part of a marquee group with US Solheim Cup captain Stacy Lewis .
“I’m playing with Stacy on Thursday – he’s someone who’s been around and I’ve been watching for a few years now. It’s very cool to be a part of that and try to beat them,” the number said. 62 worldwide. BBC Scotland.
“I think I’m getting used to it a bit more. Sometimes you have to look back and say ‘you know, that’s pretty cool, that’s what I dreamed of all those years ago, playing with those girls ‘.”
Dryburgh, then ranked 199th in the world, shot a final round of 65 to finish 20 under par and win the Japan Classic last year.
The benefits of her win, achieved by beating home favorite Kana Nagai to second place, still reverberate for the Scottish player.
“It definitely changed my career because it got me a two-year exemption on the LPGA Tour, I’m in all the majors this year and I can actually plan a year, which I never could. do before,” Dryburgh added.
“I can actually decide which weeks I might want to take off and try to peak for those big events, so that’s something that’s going to be a big bonus for me this year.”