Vic Open - Celine Boutier wins title as Kim Kaufman blows overnight lead

Paola Ditto
Febbraio 11, 2019

It was a day of firsts in the final round of the Vic Open at 13th Beach Golf Links on the Bellarine Peninsula near Melbourne with the men's victor, David Law, and the victor of the women's event, Celine Boutier, both winning for the first time on their respective tours.

Oh arrived in the final group despite a 74 that threatened to be much worse after a pair of opening bogeys, but wore down former Women's Australian Open champion Haru Nomura (76) who was a victim of the trying weather as the day progressed, but clung on at seven under.

In the women's tournament, French golfer Celine Boutier has hung tough to claim a two-stroke victory.

The Australian also missed a long eagle putt on the last that would have forced a playoff.

The tournament is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and LPGA Tour and features men and women playing on the same courses at the same time, for equal prize money.

"On the last I knew I needed an eagle to at least force a play-off".

South Africa's Justin Harding was fourth, a shot further back.

"We just knew on 18 that we were in the hunt", said the 27-year-old Law, playing on the main European Tour for the first time in 2019 after five seasons slogging away on the secondary Challenge Tour.

"I hit a great shot in and it was a nice putt, eight feet down the hill and pretty straight".

A standout when attending Duke University in the U.S., the 25-year-old recovered from a shaky start to her final round when recording bogeys at two of her first three holes to finish with a round of 72 and win by two.

"I've played a lot of golf in the wind so I actually like these types of conditions", said Stieger. "It's been something I've been working towards since I turned pro and I just feel like it just happened -- I don't think I realise right now". Walking to the 10th tee me and my caddie Max just said "Reset, try and keep calm", and luckily we did. "I'm super excited with the way I handled myself. It's an fantastic event, we've loved it all week".

She holed further birdies at the ninth and 13th before a double-bogey at the 14th tarnished her scorecard.

Thomas, on her LPGA debut and with her brother carrying her bags, fired a 69 while Su recovered from a bogey on the 17th with a birdie on the 18th to ensure she ended in a tie for second.

The American, chasing her first LPGA Tour title, will start tomorrow's final round of the ISPS Handa Vic Open in the same spot she began today's windswept third round - two clear of the field.

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