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Boutier Vic Open win ends long French drought on LPGA Tour

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Cary Erickson | 12 February, 2019, 01:55

But his back nine of 31 included birdies at the 10th, 11th and 16th and the eagle at 18, totalling just 31 shots for a 66.

Overnight leader Ormsby still looked the likely victor until he made a mess of the par-3 17th hole, missing the green to the left and taking two chips before walking away with a double-bogey.

Veteran Wade Ormsby yesterday took a two-shot lead at the ISPS Handa Vic Open as he searches for a second European Tour win, while American Kim Kaufman leads the women in a concurrent LPGA Tour event.

Boutier's victory in the women's section was a groundbreaker, too, for the 25-year-old from Paris of Thai extraction. "It's not something I expected".

"I've been loving the four events I've played so far and to just be a European Tour player was what I was happy with".

To have won today, it sort of changes things a little bit. I'll go home, reflect a little bit on things and reassess.

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The win, which came after two missed cuts in a row in Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia, lifted Law to 17th in this season's Race to Dubai.

"I feel like I've struggled a bit all day with my long game and I just didn't have many birdie opportunities", said Boutier, who ended up with third birdies on the day to go with three bogeys.

"We stood on the tee and we said we need to make eagle", Law said after claiming the A$1.5 million ($1.06 million) winner's check. "We make eagle, we post at 18 under, you never know what can happen". Last December, he wrote a moving blog for the Tour website on the pain of losing his stillborn child Freddie in July, 2017. But then, he won the SSE Scottish Hydro Championship on the Challenge Tour and that helped earn his Tour card. "I'm delighted. It's been an awesome event".

David Drysdale also finished in the top 10, closing with a 67 to claim a share of fifth spot on 15-under, six shots ahead of Grant Forrest (73).

It was a day of firsts in the final round of the Vic Open at 13th Beach Golf Links on the Bellarine Peninsula near Melbourne with the men's victor, David Law, and the victor of the women's event, Celine Boutier, both winning for the first time on their respective tours.

She only needed to shoot even-par for the day to finish at eight-under and win by two shots since the overnight leader, American Kim Kaufman, had an very bad day, starting with a needless double bogey from behind the green at the par-five fifth and ultimately shooting a 78.