Cé­line Herbin wins play-off to claim La­coste Ladies Open de France

Cé­line Herbin de­lighted the home gal­leries when she won a three-hole play-off against Dan­ish rookie Emily Ped­er­sen to claim her maiden pro­fes­sional vic­tory at the La­coste Ladies Open de France on Septem­ber 27th 2015.

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Cé­line won with a par on the third ex­tra hole, the par-4 18th at Golf de Chan­taco, af­ter Emily three putted for a bogey. Af­ter be­com­ing the first home win­ner of the ti­tle in 11 years, Cé­line col­lapsed on the 18th green be­fore be­ing sprayed in cham­pagne by her friends.

She said: “To win my first tour­na­ment in my home coun­try with so many peo­ple cheer­ing for me, it’s like a dream. I feel very lucky and I worked hard for that, so I think I de­serve it and I’m very happy.”

Cé­line and Emily be­gan the fi­nal round tied for the lead on 11 un­der par but Emily built a five stroke lead af­ter Ce­line dropped three shots in the first eight holes, with four bo­geys against one birdie.

Lit­tle by lit­tle, the 32-year-old from Avranches, who now re­sides in San­tander, reeled in the young Dane with birdies on the 10th, 14th and 15th holes. Emily then bo­geyed 16 and dou­ble bo­geyed 17 to drop back into a share of the lead on 11 un­der par. Af­ter the pair both made par on 18, they re­turned to the tee three more times.

“Ob­vi­ously I didn’t make the best first nine holes but I be­lieved in my­self and knew I could turn it around,” said Cé­line, sup­ported by her coach and cad­die Vi­cente Balles­teros, the brother of Seve. “Emily was play­ing very well but we knew that she could get very ner­vous on the last few holes so I knew I had to fight un­til the last hole - un­til hole 75!”

A tear­ful Emily, who had re­ceived an in­vite to play in the tour­na­ment, re­flected: “I’m ob­vi­ously very dis­ap­pointed but I’m sure when I look

back on the week I will be proud of my per­for­mance. I hope that this ex­pe­ri­ence will make me a stronger and bet­ter player in the fu­ture.”

With a fi­nal round of 67, fel­low Dane Ma­lene Jor­gensen ended two strokes back on nine un­der par to record her sec­ond third place fin­ish in three tour­na­ments fol­low­ing the Hels­ing­borg Open. She said: “Of course I’m happy with third place. I have had a good feel­ing with my swing since Swe­den so it’s nice that it still works.”

Eng­land’s Charley Hull ended alone in fourth place on eight un­der par af­ter fi­nal round of 67 and she said: “I’m pretty chuffed with a fourth place fin­ish af­ter a good three weeks. I played well at Evian, had a good last week and good this week so I’m pretty happy and I can’t wait to go to Ibiza.”

Ear­lier in the day, Joanna Klat­ten from France made a fast start when she holed in one at the first and she carded a 67 to end fifth on seven un­der. Valen­tine Der­rey, who also made a hole in one at the fifth, fin­ished in a tie for 38th place.

Home town player Anne-Lise Cau­dal from Saint-Jean-de-Luz also recorded a 67 and fin­ished sixth on six un­der par, while the cham­pion for the last two years, Aza­hara Munoz, ended with a dis­ap­point­ing 72 to share sev­enth place on five un­der with Pamela Pretswell, Klara Spilkova and United States Sol­heim Cup win­ner Cristie Kerr.

Cé­line Herbin re­acts to hol­ing the win­ning putt

Ma­lene Jor­gensen and Emi­lymily Kris­tine Ped­er­sen of Den­mark

Gwla­dys No­cera of France on the fi­nal round

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