Boutier Secures Fourth Victory Of 2023 With Final Round Surge At Maybank Championship

Frenchwoman Celine Boutier has added another win to her already impressive season resume, grinding out a victory at the Maybank Championship in a nine-hole playoff with young star Atthaya Thitkul, which tied the record for second-longest playoff in LPGA Tour history.

Boutier shot her second 64 of the week on Sunday to charge up the leaderboard from where she began the day at T8. In her first bogey-free round at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, she made eight birdies, including three in a row on holes 3, 4 and 5 and holes 11, 12 and 13.

Taking the solo lead late in the day, she headed onto 18 with a one stroke lead and a birdie opportunity to extend that lead. But her birdie putt lipped out for what would be the first time, but not the last time, on Sunday. Meanwhile Thitikul, playing one group behind, sank her birdie putt to force 12th playoff of the season.  

October 30, 2023

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