Evian, Celine Boutier consolidates leadership

The best golfers on the international scene continue to battle it out in the Evian Championship ($6.5 million prize pool)

by Andrea Gussoni
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Evian, Celine Boutier consolidates leadership

The best golfers on the international scene continue to battle it out in the Evian Championship ($6.5 million prize pool). The fourth women's Major of the season has come just one round to go, with Celine Boutier at the top.

The transalpine is beneficial in front of the home crowd, and expands its margin against the pursuers.

Evian Championship 2023, results

Boutier posts a solid round of -4 (67 hits) hoisting himself to an overall -11 (202 hits).

The Frenchwoman boasts a three length lead over the Japanese Nasa Hataoka, and four over the Canadian Brooke M.Henderson and the New Zealander Lydia Ko. The latter is among the best of the day thanks to an excellent return from -5.

Fifth position with -6 for the Japanese Yuka Saso and the American Nelly Korda. The American climbs impetuously thanks to a superb round from -7 and returns to the fight for final success. On the par 71 course of the Evian Resort Golf Club of Evian-les-Bains (France) in seventh place with -5 we find the South Korean A Lim Kim and the American Alison Lee.

Top ten closed at -4 by two other representatives of the USA who bear the name of Angel Yin and Lilia Vu, by the Scottish Gemma Dryburgh, by the Norwegian Celine Borge and by the Mexican Gaby Lopez. She ranks still short with only 18 holes to go.

Boutier therefore cannot allow himself distractions despite the three margin shots. Eyes also on the small group that occupies the 14th place with -3 which includes the Irish Leona Maguire, the Swedes Anna Nordqvist and Linn Grant, the Thai Patty Tavatanakit, the South Korean Hyo Joo Kim and the Chinese from Taipei Wei-Ling Hsu .

Tomorrow morning from 6.55 am space for the last and decisive round. Women's golf in Europe only depopulated some time after the creation of the LPGA in the United States of America. In 1978, the Women's Professional Golfers' Association (or simply WPGA) was founded, underpinning the largest operating Professional Golfers' Association in the United Kingdom.

The following year a tour was established with Carlsberg as the main sponsor and including 12 tournaments (36 holes), including the Women's British Open. For his first two seasons the Tour fields were rated for 36 strokes, later increased to 54; the prize money also underwent an increase, going from the initial 80,000 pounds to 250,000 in 1981, at the cost, however, of the loss of important tournaments and sponsorships.

At the end of the 1981 season the collaboration with Carlsberg ended, and despite an initial optimism, the Ladies European Tour experienced a period of crisis which culminated in the cancellation of further stages. In the second part of the eighties the circuit found itself with only 10 tournaments left and its future was called into question.

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