Celine Boutier (FRA) birdied the ninth extra hole of the day, the longest extra hole ever played on the U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour.
Boutier won the new Maybank Championship ($3 million purse) in a nine-hole playoff with Ataya Thititjerin (THA). Boutier fired a daily best 8-under 64 in the final round of the tournament on Monday at the par-72 West Course at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club in Malaysia to finish tied for the lead (21-under 267), four strokes off the pace.
Boutierre, ranked No. 5 in the world, was in excellent form on the day but was delayed by inclement weather while playing the second hole of the extra round. After an hour-long delay, play resumed at 5:20.
After two matches on the 18th hole, it was back and forth to the 178-yard par-3 15th. On the eighth extended hole, it was a repeat of the birdie-or-bogey scenario, with both players hitting similarly long third shots and both making birdies with great approaches that landed right next to the hole.
On the ninth hole, the par-3 15th, the first boutier’s shot rolled well down the green. The tee taker’s shot was equally good, but the birdie putt was just wide, and Boutier took advantage of the gap and holed it. With the win, Boutier moved to four wins on the season and moved one step closer to CME Globe points and Player of the Year honors.
“It was a tough match with a break of about an hour in the middle, but I persevered and got the win,” said the victorious Boutier. “I would like to congratulate the player who won the championship for his outstanding performance and thank him for the opportunity to play a good game,” said Thi, who gave a gracious interview in front of his opponent.온라인카지노
Among the South Koreans, Kim Ah-rim, 28, carded a 5-under 67 with one eagle, six birdies, a bogey and a double bogey to finish in a tie for 15th place at 12-under 276. Kim Se-young (29), who started the day three strokes off the lead, shot a 5-over 77 to finish in a tie for 20th (10-under) with world No. 3 Jin Young Ko (28), who shot a 2-under, and Saso Yuka (Japan), who was five strokes back.
Choi Hye-jin (23) shot 2-under-par to finish tied for 29th (9-under-par), while rookie Hae-ran Lee (22) finished tied for 45th (5-under-par). Rookie Rose Chang (USA), who is in contention for Rookie of the Year honors, finished in a tie for third.
With the winner of the third event of the Asian Swing now crowned, the tournament continues with the Toto Japan Classic in Japan on Nov. 2. There are now three LPGA Tour events remaining this season and the Koreans have combined for four victories.