Law & Boutier first Vic Open champs

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES SPORT -

Geelong: Scot­land’s David Law nailed an ea­gle on the last to win his first Euro­pean Tour ti­tle Sun­day, while France’s Ce­line Boutier clinched her maiden LPGA Tour crown at the Vic Open. The tour­na­ment, south of Mel­bourne, is the only one in the world with male and fe­male fields, play­ing in al­ter­nate groups on the same course and for equal prize money.

It was co-sanc­tioned this year by the Euro­pean Tour and US LPGA Tour for the first time. Aus­tralia’s Wade Ormsby was on track to claim the men’s ti­tle com­ing down the back nine be­fore Law ea­gled the 18th to draw him­self level. At the same time Ormsby, who had been solid off the tee all day, sent down a poor ap­proach shot on the17th and carded a dou­ble-bo­gey. It left him also need­ing an ea­gle at the last to force a play off.

He gave him­self the op­por­tu­nity, but his eight-me­tre putt sneaked wide and he set­tled for a birdie and a tie for sec­ond with fel­low Aus­tralian Brad Kennedy.

Casey ahead of Mickelson

San Fran­cisco: Paul Casey opened a three-stroke lead over Phil Mickelson af­ter the third round of the Peb­ble Beach Pro-Am on Satur­day, a cush­ion the English­man hopes will be enough to pre­vent his Amer­i­can ri­val from win­ning the sto­ried tour­na­ment a fifth time.

Tee­ing off as part of a four-way tie for the lead, Casey jumped clear with a five-un­der 67 that give him a 15-un­der to­tal of 200. Casey ended a nine-year drought on the PGA Tour when he won the Valspar Cham­pi­onship in Florida last March, hold­ing off Tiger Woods and Pa­trick Reed by a stroke.

AFP

Ce­line Boutier

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