Embarking on a play-off at… six for three places after having completed her 18 holes in -2, Céline Herbin qualified at the 3rd hole of the play-off with the Indian Aditi Ashok. The Taiwanese Pei-yun Chien had validated her ticket from the first play-off hole. Also present in this extra suspense, Pauline Roussin-Bouchard failed at the 2nd play-off hole.
108 players were lined up this Monday at North Berwick (Scotland) to try to win one of the twelve spots in play over 18 holes for theAIG Women’s Open who starts on Thursday at Muirfield (Scotland). Among the Engaged, five French women: Celine Herbin, Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, Agathe Sauzon, Emma Greci and Anne-Lise Caudal.
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The first two cities signed the same card of 70 (-2) before taking the final tenth place. The other three finished further on the leaderboard: 41st at +2 for Sauzon, 50th at +3 for Greci and 82nd at +5 for Caudal.
Tied with four other golfers, Céline Herbin and Pauline Roussin-Bouchard had to settle for a play-off. In the rain and for only three tickets. Associated in the second part with the Thai Arpichaya Yubol, the French first played in par on par 4 of 18. On their second attempt, Roussin-Bouchard could not do better than a new one, moreover, that his two competitors managed to slam the birdie. Eliminated, PRB is given a place of reserve.
And here @celineherbin reserving his place a few moments before!
Incredible emotion after a brilliant putt from the Frenchwoman! Both players will be at Muirfield this week. pic.twitter.com/dMQEn15lgh
— AIG Women’s Open (@AIGWomensOpen) August 1, 2022
Still in contention at the 3rd play-off hole with the Indian Aditi Ashok and Yubol (the Taiwanese Pei-yun dog qualified on the first play-off hole), Céline Herbin finally achieved her goals thanks to a sublime long-distance birdie. Imitated a few seconds later by Aditi Ashok. Yubol, like the English amateur Emilie Awardrejoices PRB as reservists.
Céline Herbin, who has partial playing rights on the LPGA Tour, will therefore play her fifth British after having missed the cut three times in 2018, 2019 and 2021. In 2020, she had taken 51st place. There will therefore be three Tricolores at the start this week: Celine Boutier, Perrine Delacour and Celine Herbin.
Photo: Kathryn Riley/USGA