No Frenchwoman has ever won the Amundi Evian Championship, but Montrouge’s Céline Boutier is looking to reverse that trend this week in Evian-les-Bains. The 28-year-old has already won in her home country – she won the Lacoste Ladies Open de France last September. However, winning his first major title in his native France would be on a whole new level of freshness for Boutier. Her last victory on the LPGA Tour came at the 2021 ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer, and while hoisting the trophy on Sunday is her ultimate goal, she’s trying to stay in the moment and not push too hard on her. -same.
“I feel like the best way for me to perform is to not think about it too much; really take it one day at a time and see,” said Boutier, who recorded five top-five finishes and another top 10 so far this season.” It’s so hard to win here so if I have at least a chance it would be good. If I can make it happen, obviously that would be the ultimate dream. I try not to go too far. »
This week marks Boutier’s sixth start in the Amundi Evian Championship and his fourth appearance as a professional. Her best result is T29, a result she has recorded twice, first in 2014 as an amateur and again in 2021 as a pro. For most pros, playing and winning in front of a home crowd is a lot of pressure, and despite having done it before and playing the Evian so many times, Boutier still feels the nerves up at home and hopes her past experiences will help her keep a cool head with so much at stake this week.
“I definitely feel a bit more added pressure, but also because I want to perform well and that means a lot more to me, and so obviously if it means more you’re going to have a little more pressure I think,” she said. . “It’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just something you have to learn, and I think the more you experience it the better you can handle it. Now it’s been six times. Hopefully I’ve learned and can do better. It’s definitely not a course I’ve done really well in the past, so hopefully I can change that.