Europe 1 with AFP / Photo credit: OCTAVIO PASSOS / GETTY IMAGES EUROPE / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP 18:44 p.m., August 06, 2023A week after winning her first Grand Slam, the LPGA tournament in Evian, France's Céline Boutier won the Scottish Open in Ayrshire on Sunday. The 4th player in the world, who was in the game from the first day and had taken the lead Saturday at the end of the 3rd round, obtained a total of -15 under par in Scotland.
One feat can hide another: just one week after her first Grand Slam title in Evian, France's Celine Boutier confirmed Sunday by winning the Scottish Open golf in Ayrshire, on the LPGA Tour. At 29 years old, the native of Clamart, who placed second in this tournament last year, offers a fifth title on the professional circuit and asserts herself as one of the best less than a year before the Paris Olympic Games.
The most successful Frenchwoman on the circuit
Céline Boutier, 4th player in the world, had taken the lead of the tournament at the end of the third round played the day before. A first place that she did not let go Sunday afternoon to validate her double. She shot a 70, two shots under par, and won by two strokes over South Korea's Kim Hyo-joo and three strokes over China's Ruoning Yin, who shot a 65 and 66 respectively in the final round. In the final round, Boutier made four birdies on the 6th, 9th, 13th and 17th holes.
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A victory in France a week ago, one in Scotland on Sunday, Céline Boutier continues to mark the history of French golf. Before her success in Haute-Savoie, only Catherine Lacoste in 1967 and Patricia Meunier-Lebouc in 2003 had won one of the major tournaments of the women's circuit. Before that, in March, the Ile-de-France native had already made an impression by becoming, after her victory at the Drive On Championship in Arizona, the most successful Frenchwoman on the circuit ahead of Patricia Meunier-Lebouc and Anne-Marie Palli, with three titles. This fifth victory only widens that lead.
Turning professional in 2016 after being world No. 1 amateur in 2014, Céline Boutier was also part of the two-time European team to win the Solheim Cup, the women's equivalent of the Ryder Cup, in 2019 and 2021.