Jodi Ewart Shadoff in good form ahead of Scottish Open and Women’s British Open

Victory aside, the return to competitive action could not have gone much better for Jodi Ewart Shadoff.

in-form: Jodi Ewart Shadoff of Catterick is back in Britain hoping to build on her fast start to the resumption. (Picture: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The 32-year-old from Catterick has emerged from the coronavirus-enforced shutdown in splendid form on the LPGA Tour, recording a fifth-place finish in the Drive On Championship and a second-place at the Marathon Classic last weekend.

Indeed, the only player who can boast to have made a better start is America’s Danielle Kang, the winner of both events.

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The pair left Ohio on Sunday night bound for Britain and a two-week swing north of the border that begins today in Aberdeen at the Scottish Open and concludes next week with the Women’s British Open – the first ladies major of what has been a truncated season for obvious reasons.

Jodi Ewart Shadoff of England lines up a putt on the sixth hole during the first round of the Marathon LPGA Classic at Highland Meadows Golf Club on August 06, 2020 in Sylvania, Ohio. (Picture: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Kang is a serial winner, with major titles in her locker.

Ewart Shadoff – who left North Yorkshire in her late teens to pursue her golfing career in North America – has still to taste victory despite three appearances in the Solheim Cup and countless top-10 finishes, including a runner-up position in the Women’s British Open three years ago.

She arrives ‘home’ in arguably the form of her life.

“Obviously the British Open is always one that – well, for me personally – I want to get,” said Ewart Shadoff .

Catterick's Jodi Ewart Shadoff is closing in on her first win. (Picture: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

“I’m definitely using the Scottish Open as preparation for Royal Troon.

“It’s going to be nice to kind of go home. I know we can’t go anywhere, but be nice to be back home for a while.”

Her pursuit of Kang in the final round on Sunday fell one shot short, but it has not dented her confidence.

“These things happen and all you can do is learn, so hopefully I can take the game I have and go to Scotland with it,” she said.

“Pretty happy with how I’m hitting it. Rolled some nice putts out there today, so good I’m in shape going to Scotland I think.”