French star Boutier takes the lead going into final round of Scottish Open

Ralph Casey

Celine Boutier (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

France’s Celine Boutier leads the way heading into the final round of the FREED GROUP Women’s Scottish Open after shooting a joint best round of 66 on the Dundonald links on Saturday.

The Frenchwoman, who secured her first major title at last week’s Amundi Evian Championship, rolled in birdies on holes two, three, five and seven before dropping a shot on the ninth.

Boutier continued to impress with birdies on 12 and 14 followed by a bogey on 15 but she finished in style with back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18 for her round of six-under.


The major champion sits at the top of the leaderboard on 13-under-par at Dundonald Links and is in search of back-to-back victories.

Boutier was runner up last year, so she is looking to go one better this year

Speaking to reporters after the third round, she said: “I definitely feel like I’m hitting a lot of good shots, which is nice.

“Sometimes you envision shots, and it doesn’t always happen. I feel like today a lot happened the way I saw it. It was very positive and I’m very happy with my round.

“I’m just trying to hit as many good shots as possible. I’m trying to stay focused and I feel like this course is pretty challenging with the weather conditions. I’m just trying to hit the best shots possible under the circumstances.

“When you’re playing well, it’s easier to be positive about it. I made a bogey on nine, which also fired me up a little bit. It was nice to get some more energy going. I’m just going to try to hopefully play the same and stick to my game plan and see what happens.

“I’ve definitely been playing well and the fact that I got a good result last week also is giving me a little bit of confidence. I’m just trying to build off of that, and hopefully have a good, solid round tomorrow.”




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