Frenchwoman Boutier delivers putting masterclass to grab Singapore LPGA lead


Celine Boutier of France (left) embraces Patty Tavatanakit of Thailand after round two of the HSBC Women's World Championship golf tournament at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore on Friday, March 1, 2024. - AFP

SINGAPORE (AFP): France's Celine Boutier delivered a putting masterclass to storm up the leaderboard with an eight-under-par 64 and snatch the second round lead at the HSBC Women's World Championship on Friday in Singapore.

Starting the day tied 30th, Boutier needed just 22 putts to navigate her way around the par-72 Tanjong course at Sentosa Golf Club and she heads into the weekend with a one-shot lead over Japan's Ayaka Furue, who shot a 67.

Sweden's Madelene Sagstrom posted a 68 to take third place while overnight leader Sarah Schmelzel of the United States slipped to tied-fourth after carding a 72.

Boutier, a six-time LPGA winner, struggled on the opening day with a 73 but bounced back with eight birdies against no bogeys for a two-day total of seven-under-par 137.

"I didn't really make that many putts yesterday and came up pretty short," said Boutier.

"But today I felt like I made everything. I putted to the right place and was not trying to be too indecisive.

"It was definitely less windy and I was able to get a good start with two birdies on the back, which is my front nine. That gave me a lot of confidence and I just kept going," the 30-year-old added.

Boutier's stellar round gave her watching father a birthday gift to remember.

"He was following me around today and I wanted to make it a point to play well. I wished him a happy birthday before my round and he was like, 'You've got to get me a gift.'

"I hope he enjoys this one."

Furue, who pipped Boutier to the Scottish Open title in 2022, will have the Frenchwoman for company again as they tee off together in the third round.

When asked if she was confident of outplaying Boutier again, she said: "She is a really good player. I just want to catch up with her and play good tomorrow. There's no pressure at all."

World number one Lilia Vu struggled to a 74 to finish her round in a share of 21st place.

Defending champion Ko Jin-young is a further shot back in tied-27th after signing for a 73. - AFP

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