Boutier edges Hall to win LPGA Drive on

(AP Photo/Darryl Webb)

GOLD CANYON, Ariz. (AP) Celine Boutier of France beat Georgia Hall of England with a birdie on the first playoff hole Sunday to win the LPGA Drive on Championship.

Boutier forced a playoff by making a testy birdie putt at the par-5 18th to close out a 4-under 68, matching Hall (65) at 20-under 268 in the LPGA's first full-field event of the season.

Playing the 18th hole again, neither golfer found the green with their second shot of the playoff. Boutier, chipping from nearly the same spot as she did in regulation short and right of the green, pitched to about 4 feet. Meanwhile, Hall hit her second shot into a greenside bunker, blasted beyond the hole and failed to convert her birdie effort. That set the stage for Boutier's winning birdie putt.


Money Leaders: LPGA Tour
Rank Player Earnings
1 Celine Boutier $392,792
2 Jin Young Ko $382,967
3 Nelly Korda $320,421
4 Lilia Vu $317,180
5 Ayaka Furue $244,091
6 Brooke Henderson $239,265
7 Maja Stark $238,641
8 Georgia Hall $215,963
9 Charley Hull $206,907
10 Atthaya Thitikul $173,156
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