Céline Boutier timidly but remains virtual n°1

Céline Boutier has a date with history this week in the United States, starting the final of the Race to CME Globe in pole position

by Andrea Gussoni
Céline Boutier timidly but remains virtual n°1
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At the head of the Race to CME Globe when approaching the final of the American circuit, Céline Boutier timidly begins the CME Group Tour Championship with a score of -3 (22nd), but remains in virtual first place after the eighteen first holes.

Perrine Delacour is satisfied with par.

Celine Boutier, results

Céline Boutier has a date with history this week in the United States, starting the final of the Race to CME Globe in pole position. The Parisian, just 30 years old, can finish number one on the LPGA Tour order of merit by getting closer to the world number one position.

But after the first eighteen holes in Naples (Florida), the four-time winner this season is only 22nd with a score of -3, six lengths from the lead. Her most serious rival, the American world number one Lilia Vu, did not do better since she is even one step behind the Habs.

It is the Chinese Ruonin Yin who could benefit from this since she is currently third in the Race and tied for first after the first round, alongside the Japanese Nasa Hataoka (-9), just ahead of the Australian Minjee Lee.

But for the moment in the projected ranking, it is still Céline Boutier who sits at the head of the Race! The French number one also got off to a flying start with four birdies on her first six holes. But we had to wait eleven additional holes for a fifth birdie, while a double-bogey at the 15th marred the card of the Queen of Evian.

The American Nelly Korda (under the eyes of her pregnant sister Jessica, who works for American television this week) is in the top 15 (13th, -4). After two birdies and two bogeys, Perrine Delacour settles for par and 50th place.

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