Celine Boutier wins LPGA Drive On Championship

March 27, 2023 4:24 pm

[Source: Reuters]

Celine Boutier of France fired a 4-under 68 and prevailed in a one-hole playoff against England’s Georgia Hall to win the LPGA Drive On Championship in Gold Canyon, Ariz.

Boutier, who held the lead after three rounds of action, sank a clutch birdie putt at the par-5 18th hole to force the playoff after Hall had jumped ahead courtesy of a 7-under-par 65. Hall carded seven birdies and an eagle against two bogeys on Sunday, sharing low-round honours with Japan’s Ayaka Furue and Daniela Darquea of Ecuador.

After both tallied 72-hole scores of 20-under 268, Boutier and Hall proceeded to replay the 18th hole, where Boutier sank her birdie putt to pick up her third victory on the LPGA Tour.

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Furue finished third, just one stroke off the lead. She logged a clean card on Sunday, posting seven birdies.

South Korean Na Rin An (67 on Sunday) took fourth at 18-under 270, while Ally Ewing (67) and Jin Young Ko (68) of South Korea finished tied for fifth.

A seven-way tie for seventh included Stacy Lewis, Lilia Vu, Japan’s Hinako Shibuno and Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn, who was only one shot back of the lead entering play Sunday.