Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Law and Boutier claim Vic Open titles

Law and Boutier claim Vic Open titles

Law birdied the 16th and sank an eight-foot putt on the par-five last to card a six-under 66 and win on 18 under.

"I didn't expect to be in this situation".

Boutier's victory in the women's section was a groundbreaker, too, for the 25-year-old from Paris of Thai extraction.

There was also a 54-hole cut in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, where Shane Lowry missed out by just two shots despite rallying from Friday's 77 at Pebble Beach with a four-under 67 at Monterey Peninsula.

In the women's event, France's Celine Boutier carded a closing 72 to claim a two-shot victory over England's Charlotte Thomas and local favourites Sarah Kemp and Su Oh.

Law (38), who was considering taking a winter job before he won the Scottish Challenge past year, was three shots off the lead with three holes to play. "I knew that I was kind of having a good score at the end and I got a little nervous coming down 18, but yeah, just lucked out".

The LEADERS Top 10 competition awards a $100,000 bonus to the LPGA player with the most top-10 finishes through the completion of the event held immediately prior to the CME Group Tour Championship. I'll go home, reflect a little bit on things and reassess.


"In 2014 I got beat in a playoff here, so sort of hopefully try to get into a position like that again and see how we go".

"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 18 under, you never know what can happen".

He won by one stroke from Australians Brad Kennedy and Wade Ormsby as Leona Maguire's former Duke University team-mate Celine Boutier clinched the LPGA Tour event by two shots on eight-under.

Paul Lawrie protégé Law felt right at home in the conditions.

Kemp opened her round with a double bogey but struck nine birdies to finish strong, unlike overnight leader Kim Kaufman, who blew a two-stroke lead with a disappointing six-over 78 and finished in a tie for eighth place. "I'm super excited with the way I handled myself".

He tweeted: "The work we do @paullawriefound is not to raise golfers to win on tour but when one of our kids does win on tour which happened today it's an wonderful feeling". Now into her second season on the LPGA Tour after a solid first year when 61st on the money list in 2018, Boutier has won events on the Ladies European Tour but this victory elevates her to a new level.

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