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Celine Boutier follows major win with victory at Scottish Open

Celine Boutier waves to the crowd after setting up a playoff round with Georgia Hall during the final round of the LPGA Drive On Championship on the Prospector Course at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club in Gold Canyon on March 26, 2023.

Lpga At Superstition Mountain Final Round
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Celine Boutier captured her second victory in as many weeks on Sunday after winning the Women’s Scottish Open by two strokes in Ayrshire, Scotland.

Boutier, 29, carded a 2-under-par 70 on her final round to finish at 15-under 273 for the tournament at Dundonald Links. She collected four birdies and two bogeys on Sunday en route to earning $300,000.

Boutier curled in a long putt for a birdie on No. 17 and finished with a par on No. 18 to secure her fifth LPGA Tour victory. She won her first major title at last week’s Evian Championship in her native France.

“It’s completely crazy,” Boutier said about her back-to-back accomplishment. “I would have never imagined that I would be able to win not one, but two tournaments in a row, and yeah, I’m just incredibly in shock.”

Boutier became the first LPGA golfer since Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn in 2016 to follow a major championship victory with a win in the following tournament. She also became the first to win consecutive tournaments on Tour since Jin Young Ko in 2021 at the Cognizant Founders Cup and BMW Ladies Championship.

“To be honest I was so tired early in the week and trying to get through each round and trying to do my best,” Boutier said. “Being able to be in contention over the weekend, especially today, was definitely a huge bonus.”

South Korea’s Hyo Joo Kim made seven birdies in a bogey-free round on Sunday, finishing with a 65 to take second place at 13-under. She ended up one stroke ahead of China’s Ruoning Yin (66), who had seven birdies against one bogey on Sunday.

Yin said she felt things click for her first after the first hole.

“Because I’m really confident and in my approach shot, and I know I can get it close, but I just need to keep my putter up,” she said. “I did it in the back nine I think.”

Sweden’s Maja Stark recorded an ace on par-3, 142-yard sixth hole to finish at 71 for the day and 11-under for the tournament. She tied South Korea’s A Lim Kim (66) for fourth place overall.

“I really want to finish top 10 or top five or like I was just there and I just played 18 holes, which was honestly feels really good to have done that and it’s been a while since I’ve felt like that on the course being in contention,” Stark said. “I mean, it’s only fifth or whatever but for me, it’s a huge win.”

Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall (69), Denmark’s Nicole Broch Estrup (70) and Thailand’s Patty Tavatanakit (72) finished in a three-way tie for sixth place at 10-under.

Defending champion Ayaka Furue of Japan shot a 73 on Sunday to sit in a tie for 47th at even-par for the tournament.

–Field Level Media

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