Boutier, Law take Vic Open golf titles in Australia

  • Boutier, Law take Vic Open golf titles in Australia

Boutier, Law take Vic Open golf titles in Australia

"It's not always easy to be able to get your first win", Boutier said after staving off nerves for her breakthrough victory.

France's Celine Boutier won the women's event by two shots from three players including England's Charlotte Thomas.

Thomas, on her LPGA debut and with her brother carrying her bags, fired a 69 while Su recovered from a bogey on the 17th with a birdie on the 18th to ensure she ended in a tie for second.

The American otherwise had a forgettable third round with four bogeys and a double bogey in tough windy conditions late Saturday for a 3-over 75.

It was co-sanctioned this year by the European Tour and US LPGA Tour for the first time. With a pump of her fist, she clearly knew that it was a major moment.

"We got hammered with the rain for about three or four holes there, so it was really good to get through that stretch", Asian Tour regular Stieger said after sinking seven birdies to stay in the hunt. "On 15 when I made that putt, kind of really made me like motivate myself and made me really more confident in my abilities to win the tournament".

To say that Aussie Sarah Kemp had a career day is a gross understatement.

"I've played a lot of golf in the wind so I actually like these types of conditions", said Stieger.

"I was so shocked how many people were out. Just stuck to my game plan out there", he added.

"Until then, it was just about trying to get into position for a top-three or a top-two finish".

Overnight leader Kim Kaufman of America faded to finish eighth. Unfortunately, just the opposite happened.

After a solid start, Nomura's touch deserted her on the back nine, with three bogeys leaving her three off the pace.

Nevertheless, Kaufman sees the positives from her round.

"To be a victor in my first year on tour is just unbelievable", he said. "Also learning how do I learn to manage being in the final group the last two days".

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Going into Sunday's final round at the 13th Beach Golf Links, Kaufman had a 54-hole total of 10-under 207. She rolled in a hole-in-one with a 6-iron from 160 yards for her seventh ace in competition and first since the third round of the 2016 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship. For me just being out here playing on the European Tour was enough. "It's an unbelievable event, we've loved it all week".