Celine Boutier claims maiden LPGA victory
Tournament: ISPS HANDA VIC OPEN
Location: VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
Dates: FEB 07-10
Celine Boutier of France finally delivered on her potential on the LPGA to win the ISPS Vic Open in Australia. Already a winner on the LET (in Australia last year) Boutier is this years first time winner on the LPGA after winning by 2 shots.
Heading into the final day Boutier was trailing American Kim Kaufman by 2 shots. However, Kaufman would fade badly on the final day firing a 78 to finish T8th. The course set up for the final day was very tough and an even par final round would be enough for Boutier to clinch victory.
Afterwards she said "I feel like I've struggled a bit all day with my long game and I just didn't have the many birdie opportunities. Then on 15 when I made that putt, kind of really made me like motivate myself and made me really more confident in my abilities to win the tournament."
Boutier, who is from Paris and whose parents are from Thailand, went on to say "I have heard so much about this event before from the girls playing in it and I was super-excited to come this year, It exceeded all my expectations. The courses were great, the people were amazing, the volunteers, the organization. Honestly just a really really good tournament."
Home favorite Sarah Kemp finished 2nd after an incredible final round of 65 to shoot up the leaderboard on the final day. She would finish tied 2nd with fellow Australian Su Oh who was near the top of the leaderboard all week with some fantastic putting skills on display. There was also a 2nd place for world number 450 Charlotte Thomas from England who will be sure to climb the rankings after her best finish. There was more reason to celebrate for Su Oh after her hole in one the par 3 15th on day one.
Check out some of the final day highlights below.
Next Event: 14/02/19, ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open, Grange, South Australia, Purse: $1,300,000