Céline Boutier misses cut and world number 1

While waiting for another chance next week, Perrine Delacour takes over in Florida with a provisional 4th place, four points from the lead occupied by Emily Pedersen the Dane in -12

by Andrea Gussoni
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Céline Boutier misses cut and world number 1
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It is already the end of hopes of seeing a French woman seize the world throne this week. By missing the cut set at -1 for the Annika Sörenstam tournament this Friday, Céline Boutier will not climb to the top of the world rankings.

While waiting for another chance next week, Perrine Delacour takes over in Florida with a provisional 4th place, four points from the lead occupied by Emily Pedersen the Dane in -12.

Céline Boutier, results

One way or another, it was written that the French players would be talked about this week on the LPGA.

In Florida, everyone was impatiently awaiting the first two cards of Céline Boutier, third player in the world and who had the opportunity to ideally launch towards conquest of the world throne with a good start. Unfortunately, on her 30th birthday, the four-time winner on the tour this season returned a card of 72 (+2) to return to the par total and miss the cut by a small point at The Annika driven by Gainbridge at Pelican .

We will have to postpone our hopes of climbing to the top of the world hierarchy until next week, for the LPGA grand final bringing together the top 60 in the Race. Already in very good shape the day before with a 67 (-3) in the opening, Perrine Delacour showed her return to grace, both on the golf level and on the mental aspect.

This Friday, it's even better with a 65 (-5) without the slightest error for the 29-year-old player, to allow her to start a tournament with two cards in the sixties for the first time in 4 months. As a result, the Frenchwoman moved into the top 5 at the end of the first two days of competition in 4th position in -8 to further consolidate her place in the top 60 of the Race to CME Globe, the ranking of the LPGA Order of Merit.

“The chances of me being eliminated were pretty low, to be honest, so I preferred my position at the start to those of the people behind me,” said Delacour, who is expected to move from 54th to 48th place in the standings.

But you never know in golf. It’s not just about yourself, but also about others. Of course, making the cut feels good. This is the second time I've played in the final, so when I look at where I was a year ago and where I am today, I think it's really good.

I am proud of myself. » The third tricolor this week, Pauline Roussin-Bouchard finished like her elder Céline Boutier in the total par to miss the cut by one length, after a card of 69 (-1). Danish Emily Pedersen's leitmotif this week is simple: win or go home, in French.

By starting from 80th place, the Scandinavian knew she had to win the last stage of the season to enter the top 60 and therefore the LPGA grand final next week.

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