Ayaka Furue, first victory on the LGPA at 22

It was at the cost of an incredible 62 returned on Sunday on the Dundonald Links course that the Japanese Ayaka Furue (photo) went to win her first victory on the LGPA at the age of 22. She is three strokes ahead of the French number 1, Céline Boutier, who will not have failed in the last lap.

Ayaka Furue, results

“I think what I learned from my past experiences when I was in a position to win in a last lap is that anything can happen”, said Céline Boutier on the evening of the 3rd round after joining in the lead Lydia Ko.

A sentence that sounds like a prophecy after the “furious” last lap in 62 of the 22-year-old Japanese, Ayaka Furue, 9th with 4 strokes behind the leaders at the dawn of the 4th lap.

This little woman of barely 1m53, rookie of the LPGA, had already shown herself during the 1st round of the Amundi Evian Championship with a hair-raising 63 on Thursday before settling for 19th place, her best result. in Major.

But Sunday, in Ayrshire, on the Dundonald Links route, Furue went even harder by signing a blank bogey card and punctuated by 10 birdies, to come and beat all the contenders at the post.

17 greens out of 18 in regulation, 26 putts, the simple equation of undeniable success. Despite a good resistance, a go in 33, a leading position valiantly defended for two thirds of the course, Céline Boutier could only bow.

She who certainly thought she had done the hardest part by taking the best of her partner in the last part, the ex-world number 1, Lydia Ko, could not do anything to stem the return of the surging Furue.

The number 1 tricolor will therefore not succeed in the prize list to the three other French women (Isabelle Boineau in 2016, Virginie Lagoutte-Clément in 2010, Gwladys Nocera in 2008) having imposed themselves in this tournament, at a time not so long ago when this meeting you Scottish was not yet co-sanctioned by the LPGA Tour.

7th in 2021 on the Dumbarnie Links course, Céline Boutier ends her week on the banks of the Firth of Clyde with a final birdie at 18 to take 2nd place alone.

A promising result one week before the last Major of the season at Muirfield and which should reassure the Francilienne after the disappointment of a missed cut on the heights of Lake Geneva in the Amundi Evian Championship.