The French No. 1 Céline Boutier, in search of a 3rd LPGA title, is at the start this Thursday of The Ascendant LPGA for the benefit of Volunteers of America. Three other tricolors, Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, Céline Herbin and Agathe Laisné, are also involved in the event.

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Céline Boutier at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France 2021 // Credit: ASO/Timothé Renaud

Céline Boutier during the Lacoste Ladies Open de France 2021 // Credit: ASO/Timothé RenaudFrench n°1 Céline Boutier has lived in the state of Texas for five years and tries to go there as often as possible to prepare at this week's event, a tournament in which she has twice finished in the top 15 in her four previous appearances.

“It's really exciting to be close to home in Texas and to have some of my friends coming to see me later this week. I'm really looking forward to it, and I'm also really enjoying the course, so hopefully I'll put in some good laps and play well for a chance to win this weekend.", said Celine Boutier,  “I'm a member here, and I know some members well too, so I come to play regularly. And this spring, knowing that we were going to come here, I came a few times to train, it's a very good course. »

Céline Boutier, current world No. 15 and two-time winner on the LPGA Tour, had one of her strongest seasons in 2022, with six top 5 finishes, including a second place solo at the Trust Golf Women's Scottish Open and a fourth place ex tied for the Chevron Championship. She has three more top 10s to her name, including a tie for seventh place in early August at the AIG Women's Open at Muirfield.

Statistically, she ranks fourth for putting per green in regulation (1,74), 11th for average score (69,82) and 13th for turns under par (45). She is also 17th in putt average (29,35) and 15th in official earnings this season ($1). Although a third title on the LPGA Tour still eludes her, the Parisian remains focused on the positives of her game this year and will build on these elements to become the most successful French player on the Tour.

“I try to keep thinking about the positives. Even though I've been close to winning a few times, sometimes I feel like maybe it's not the right way to go, because I haven't been able to convert, but at the same time, I've also been so consistent the last few months and more top 10 times than I've ever been", said Céline Boutier, whose last victory on the LPGA Tour dates back to the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer in 2021. "So I think it's definitely something I have to look at, because I feel like I'm progressing as a player and I feel that's a huge positive. I know that if I continue in this direction, it will come. »

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