Frenchwoman Pauline Roussin-Bouchard failed to retain her right to play on the American women's circuit (LPGA) by finishing 51st at -7 (423) in the Q-Series, the final of the qualifying cards. She will have to settle for partial status on the Epson Tour, the second division of the American circuit.

Pauline Roussin-Bouchard narrowly misses remaining on the LPGA

24/05/2019 Pauline Roussin Bouchard at the Jabra Ladies Open, Evian Resort Golf Club ©Tristan Jones

One last fatal turn

Pauline Roussin-Bouchard returned a card of 74 (+2) during the sixth and final round on the Crossings Course in Magnolia Grove, Alabama. She made five bogeys for three birdies, and suddenly missed the top 45 which would have assured her a partial right to play on the LPGA in 2024. She finished at -7 (423) in total, 22 shots behind the winner, Australian Robyn Choi (-29).

A week of ups and downs

The 22-year-old Frenchwoman, student of Alain Alberti, had nevertheless started these Q-Series well by signing a superb 65 (-7) during the second round, which placed her in 4th place. But then she experienced ups and downs, alternating cards under par (65,70,70) and above (72, 74). She did not manage to get closer to the top 20, which would have allowed her to keep her full playing rights on the LPGA, which she had obtained two years ago via these same cards.

A return to the Epson Tour

Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, who is part of Team St Laurent, will therefore have to settle for category C status on the Epson Tour, the second American division. However, she will be able to try to win invitations to the LPGA, or to go through the weekly qualifications.

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Pauline Roussin-Bouchard plays her card for the LPGA Tour