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Exceptional, Céline Boutier takes off!

With a second consecutive card of 65 (-7), Céline Boutier took the reins of the CME Group Tour Championship, the final of the LPGA circuit reserved for the 60 best players of the season across the Atlantic. She is four points ahead of her first pursuers

This is the first time that a competitor has reached -14 after 36 holes in this CME Group Tour Championship and she is French!

Halfway through the tournament Celine Boutier is on track to sign the biggest victory of her young career on the Tiburon Golf Club course in Naples, Florida and pocket the 1.5 million dollars promised to the player who won the closing tournament of the season.

Already in cane Thursday with a very good 65 (-7) in the rain, the tricolor confirmed during the second round with the same score, on much drier and therefore more complicated greens.

Great golf!

After a perfect start to the game rewarded with an entry birdie on 1, the Francilienne missed a small putt for birdie on 6 before conceding her first bogey of the tournament on 8.

A first alert without consequence since then, Céline Boutier offered a real recital with seven birdies on the last ten holes, including a nice “chip-in” at 13 and beautiful “planted flag” at hole 14, 15 and 18 .

12 fairways, 16 greens and 29 putts: the statistics confirm his excellent day.

“I was slightly frustrated with my go. But my long game was really very solid all day and I often placed myself very close to the mast and that helped me a lot on the return. confided Céline Boutier after her second round.

Better than Lexi and Lydia

At -14, she erased from the shelves Sei Young Kim (2019), Lexi Thompson (2018), Sung Hyun Park (2017) and Lydia Ko (2016), 4 players who were in the lead at -12 after 36 holes.

It should be noted that only the first two cited won at the end of the 4 rounds.

Already four steps ahead

It is therefore difficult to predict what will happen next for the tricolor, but the winner of the Lacoste Ladies Open de France at the Médoc struck a blow on Friday which allows her to get out of the peloton.

Gone a step behind Jeongeun Lee6Céline is now four steps ahead of her first three pursuers: Mina Harigae, Gaby Lopez and Minjee Lee winner of the Evian Championship last July.

Note that the rest of the classification is very compact. Just five strokes separate second from 28th in the standings after two laps at Tiburon Golf Club.

Confidence at the Zenith

After her second success on the LPGA Tour last month at the ShoRite Classic, the French number 1 is full of confidence and seems once again armed to compete with the best players in the world.

“My ShopRite win came two and a half years after my first LPGA title and it did me a lot of good. The first victory, we always think that maybe it was a stroke of luck; we don’t really know, we have to be able to confirm. So this title was huge for my confidence and I feel much better in this type of situation from now on. said the Frenchwoman.

Jin Young Ko and Nelly Korda wrestling

Distanced by three blows on the evening of the first round, Jin Young Ko has approached the world number 1 Nelly Korda that she is ahead of the Race to CME Globe, the general ranking of the LPGA. The South Korean signed a solid 67 (-5) without the slightest error to take place in 9th place.

Author of a 69 (-3), the American still has a lead over her rival in 5th place. As it stands, Nelly Korda would steal the title of best player of the season from her opponent.

To follow live

Do you want to follow the exploits of Céline Boutier live this Saturday? The third round will be broadcast live and free of charge on the Facebook page of the ffgolf as well as that of Golf Channel FranceFrench broadcaster of the LPGA.

The video summary of the 2nd day

The leaderboard

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