Evian Championship: Brooke Henderson wins by the wire

A crazy day. The last round of the Amundi Evian Championship was rich in emotions. In nine editions, victory had never been so disputed. The leaders suffered under the pressure of a Major victory and the Evian Resort Golf Club course played its role of referee to the full. ” On a Sunday in a Grand Slam tournament, everything is always more complicated, especially on a very demanding course like that of Evian, confirms the Swiss Albane Valenzuela (27th). When you miss shots, it’s immediately harder. »

The stomach was therefore knotted for all the players at the start of this day. A fear that did not spare Brooke Henderson, feverish from the start of her game. The 10th player in the world even lost three strokes after her first six holes, leaving the door open to her pursuers. ” the set up of the last day is really made for the show and to see reversals of situations, emphasizes Sébastien Clément, Pauline Roussin-Bouchard’s caddy. Some starts were moved forward and some flags were more playable. »

Henderson bends but does not break

Sophia Schubert took advantage of the situation to join the leading group and put pressure on Henderson. But the 24-year-old did not crack and a birdie at 18 gave her the title. At the end of the suspense and despite an average last day (71, par), Henderson offers herself with a total score of -17 her second Major after the PGA Championship 2016. Relieved, the former world No. 1 could embrace Britanny, her sister and caddy. ” Golf is truly a family affair, she says, I grew up watching my sister play golf and my father is also my coach. Britanny was 9 when I started. She has always been my idol. It is a pleasure to have him with me. She always finds the right words to keep me in the right direction or get me back on track. »

Delacour takes on water

Same room, different atmosphere. A few minutes before Henderson’s coronation, Perrine Delacour ended her stay in Evian with a heavy card of 79 (+8). Very moved, after her game, the Frenchwoman, 13th before the last lap, finally finished 54th. ” I had a very difficult day, does she recognize. I didn’t hit enough fairways and hit the wrong areas. I’m going to hold my first three good laps and try to bounce back from that. Agathe Laisne finished 69th (+3) and Pauline Roussin-Bouchard 72nd (+9).

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