Hannah Green deprives Boutier of a 7th title

Céline Boutier had done her part. A final round of 67 (-5) without any errors

by Andrea Gussoni
Hannah Green deprives Boutier of a 7th title
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Céline Boutier had done her part. A final round of 67 (-5) without any errors. A solid game, very solid indeed, despite a few putts that could have made the difference, like on the greens of the 16th and 17th holes. But they didn't fall.

In the end, the Frenchwoman, aiming for her 7th victory on the LPGA here in Singapore, the first of the 2024 season, had to settle for second place. However, an incredible finish from Hannah Green spoiled Boutier's hopes. Green, who started the fourth round of the HSBC Women’s World Championship at -8, surged ahead with three birdies on the last three holes of the challenging par 72 Tanjong Course at Sentosa Golf Club.

Céline Boutier, results

Finishing at -13 (275), Green edged out Céline Boutier, who was tied for the lead at -12 in the clubhouse and was already warming up on the putting green for a potential playoff. This second-place finish was particularly bitter as it deprived the Frenchwoman of the world number one spot.

Recently married to Australian professional golfer Jarryd Felton, Hannah Green, who clinched her 4th LPGA title here, also benefited from Ayaka Furue's dramatic collapse. Furue, the leader at -10 at the start of the final round, fell apart with two bogeys and a double bogey between the 15th and 18th holes, dropping to 8th place with a disappointing 75 (+3).

There was no triple victory in Singapore for South Korean Jin Young Ko either, who played alongside Céline Boutier. The former world number one could only manage a 71 (-1), finishing tied for 8th place with Furue at -7 (281).

Perrine Delacour, the other French player in contention, ended her week in Singapore with a challenging 74 (+2), marred by a disastrous front nine (starting from the 10th hole) with a double bogey and three bogeys. The three birdies between the 4th and 9th holes barely softened the blow on this gloomy Sunday for the Picardie native.

She will not be traveling to China (unlike Céline Boutier and Agathe Laisné) in a few days to Hainan Island for the Blue Bay LPGA ($2.2 million prize money), which returns to the LPGA calendar for the first time since 2018.