One feat can hide another: just a week after her first Grand Slam title in Evian, Frenchwoman Céline Boutier confirmed on Sunday by winning the Scottish Golf Open in Ayrshire, on the LPGA circuit. At 29, the native of Clamart, who ranked second in this tournament last year, offers herself a fifth title on the professional circuit and asserts herself as one of the very best within a year. of the Paris Olympics.
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 disputed the day before. A first place that she did not let go on Sunday afternoon to validate her double. She returned a card of 70, two strokes under par, and won with two strokes ahead of South Korean Kim Hyo-joo and three strokes over Chinese Ruoning Yin, who respectively brought in the last round a card of 65 and 66. During the last round, Boutier made four birdies, at the 6th, 9th, 13th and 17th holes.
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 in one of the major tournaments of the women’s circuit. Before that, in March, the Francilienne 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 this lead.
Turning professional in 2016 after being world N.1 amateur in 2014, Céline Boutier was also part of the European team that won the Solheim Cup twice, the female equivalent of the Ryder Cup, in 2019 and 2021.