Boutier tops Major Golf Evian
First win for a French player in the only LPGA event in France
Tied for third, best finish by a Korean player
The tricolor French flag flew all day during the final round of the Amundi Evian Championship, a major on the U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour, at the par-71 Evian Resort Golf Club in Evian-les-Bains, France, on Monday.
Celine Boutier (FRA), 30, carded a 3-under 68 on the day to lead the tournament with a final total of 14-under 270. Entering the final round with a three-stroke lead, Boutier made three birdies in her first five holes to take control early and hold a six-stroke advantage over runner-up Brooke Henderson (CAN). The six-stroke victory equaled the largest margin of victory in the event, set by Lydia Ko (NZL) in 2015.
When Boutier made her championship putt, the French crowd surrounding the 18th green erupted in cheers and waved French flags. Boutierre wrapped himself in the French flag and kissed the trophy during the awards ceremony. The first prize is worth $1 million (about $1.27 billion).
Founded in 1994, the Evian Championship is the only LPGA Tour event held in France. It was promoted to a major in 2014. Boutier became the first French player to win the event. Boutier, who won for the first time on the LPGA Tour in 2019, earned her fourth career victory at a major in her home country.
Born in France, Boutier is the daughter of immigrants. Her parents came to France from Thailand. She is only the third French player to win a major, joining Katrin Lacoste, who won the 1967 U.S. Women’s Open, and Patricia Monier, who topped the Kraft Nabisco Championship (now the Chevron Championship) in 2003.
“I’ve been watching this tournament since I first started playing golf. Winning the Evian Championship means everything to me,” said Boutier, “I can’t believe I’ve added the French flag to the list of winners. I hope my victory will encourage more French players to play on the same stage.”
Among the South Korean players, Kim was the highest finisher, tying for third place with a final total of 7-under par 277. It was her best finish of the season and her second top-10 of the year after a tie for fourth at the Chevron Championship in April. Kim Soo-ji, 카지노사이트 who plays on the Korean Ladies Professional Golf (KLPGA) Tour, tied for ninth with a final total of 5-under par 279. World No. 1 Jin Young Ko and KLPGA Tour standout Minji Park finished tied for 20th with a final score of 2-under par 282.