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Celine Boutier Earns First Major Title Victory at Evian Championship

Celine Boutier Earns First Major Title Victory at Evian Championship

Celine Boutier dominated the rest of the field to coast to a six-shot victory at the Amundi Evian Championship in France.

The 29-year-old home favorite had already mounted a three-shot lead going into the final round and went onto extend that lead thanks to three birdies in the opening five holes. She went onto card a final round three-under 68 to finish the tournament on 14 under at the Evian Resort Golf Club.

This victory meant that Boutier becomes the first French winner of this competition since it was cemented as a major and becomes only the third frenchwoman to win a major alongside Catherine Lacoste, who won the 1967 U.S. Women’s Open and Patricia Meunier Lebouc, who won the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2003.

“It was definitely not easy and the conditions were tough so I just tried to stay focused on each hole at a time,” said Boutier.

“I feel like I handled the first few holes very well. I had a good opportunity on hole one and the putt on two was a bonus. It has been my biggest dream ever since I started watching golf. This tournament has been very special to me and to hold this trophy is unbelievable.

“You can always play better but I feel like I was very steady on all four rounds in tough conditions and I’m happy with my game and my level this week. Nothing else matters now I have this trophy so I’m really good for the rest of the year.”

Defending champion Brooke Henderson hit a one-under 70 in the final round to finish as runner-up while there was a five-way tie for third which included Celine Borge, Yuka Saso, and Kim A-lim.

The next event on the LPGA Tour is the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open taking place between 3-6 August at Dundonald Links in Scotland.