The first coronation for Johanna Gustavsson

The Swede Johanna Gustavsson signs the first success of her career on the LET by winning the Lacoste Ladies Open de France in Deauville. Céline Boutier snatches the top 10 thanks to a superb end to the tournament

by Andrea Gussoni
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The first coronation for Johanna Gustavsson
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The Swede Johanna Gustavsson signs the first success of her career on the LET by winning the Lacoste Ladies Open de France in Deauville. Céline Boutier snatches the top 10 thanks to a superb end to the tournament. Johanna Gustavsson was waiting for a first title since joining the Ladies European Tour in 2016!

The 30-year-old Swede brilliantly won the 33rd Lacoste Ladies Open de France by flying over the last round. She is the third representative of the Triple Crown to win in six years, after Caroline Hedwall (2018) and Julia Engström (2020).

Johanna Gustavsson, results

Gustavsson played very well all week (66-66-65) with only two bogeys in 54 holes for a superb final -16! The golfer caddied on Saturday by her compatriot Emma Nilstrom, eliminated by the cut, also benefited from a little helping hand from destiny with an eagle on the par 4 of the 13th, thanks to a spectacular 2 meter backspin to finish the race improbable from this pitching wedge at the bottom of the hole!

“I would have liked to see the shot. I just heard the audience screaming. It was a great move!” With this victory and eighth top 10 this season, Gustavsson jumps to second place in the Race to Costa del Sol behind… Céline Boutier, who will certainly no longer play this season on the LET.

The player in tears at the mention of all this work put in with her husband and coach Alex Wrigley finally won with three shots ahead of her compatriot Moa Folke. “Alex… We did it!”, she concluded at the LET microphone before being overcome by emotion.

The Englishwoman Meghan MacLaren completes the podium, a year after her defeat in the playoff against the Moroccan Ines Laklalech. Another great week in France for the Briton! Particularly followed on Saturday, Céline Boutier finished first in France with a tenth place snatched thanks to an eagle at 16 and a superb birdie at 18, greeted by a warm Normandy audience.

“It was a slightly frustrating French Open in terms of play,” regretted the world number 5. I had trouble getting close to the flags and finding the fairways. It feels good to feel supported by the public. It’s always nice to play in France.

For my putt on 18, I just tried to give myself a chance to go in. I knew the putt was going to be quite slow since it was uphill. She fell ! It’s a bonus and makes the week more enjoyable. I hope to do better than my tenth place next year”.

Beautiful week for Emma Grechi from Bordeaux who finished in the top 20 also thanks to a birdie at 18. “It feels good because I had difficulty all day,” she whispered. I made a lot of bogeys and a lot of birdies.

I feel that the golf is there and that the base of play is good. Concluding with a final birdie and under total par is a pleasure. I am satisfied with the result, with my game and my attitude. It feels good to do this at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France.

We have few opportunities to play at home with an audience that supports us enormously”. After a difficult Saturday, the three other French women in the cut were pushed beyond the top 50. With a new first surprise winner in two years and Céline Boutier at the top of her art and still motivated to return to play the Lacoste Ladies Open de France in 2024, following the Solheim Cup in the United States, we are already eagerly awaiting the next edition at Golf Barrière Deauville!

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