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Celine Boutier prepared to lead Europe to another Solheim Cup victory

Celine Boutier has had an unimaginable summer season.

She received the Amundi Evian Championship in her native France to win her first main championship after which triumphed on the Ladies’s Scottish Open the very subsequent week.

This success has given Boutier the excellence of being the highest-ranked European participant on this planet—she is at the moment fifth within the Rolex World Rankings.

However her sensational summer season is within the rearview mirror as the eye turns to the Solheim Cup in Spain.

“I feel every victory is a bit of bit completely different,” Boutier defined.

Celine Boutier, LPGA, Women’s Scottish Open

Celine Boutier poses with the trophy after successful the 2023 Freed Group Ladies’s Scottish Open.
Photograph by Octavio Passos/Getty Pictures

“There’s no a method to consider it. Clearly, as a staff, the victory could be very completely different this week than it’s on a traditional match week. However it’s all good. Simply because we’ve got 12 gamers and the captains and vice captains this week, the feelings are a lot stronger.

The Europeans have received two straight Solheim Cups, with the final coming at Inverness Membership in Toledo, Ohio, in 2021.

Boutier, a superb match-play participant, was part of each groups.

Her 5-1-1 Solheim Cup document rivals that of Justin Thomas, who has a 6-2-1 document within the Ryder Cup.

In 2019, as a rookie, Boutier and Georgia Corridor received three matches collectively as each gamers went 4-0-0 at Gleneagles.

“I don’t really feel like, as a participant, I’ve developed that a lot. I really feel like my sport could be very comparable,” Boutier mentioned when requested how her sport has modified over the previous few years.

“I really feel like I used to be taking part in very nicely at Gleneagles, and I really feel like with the ability to expertise every little thing for the primary time, and the vitality and being partnered with Georgia additionally ended up being such pairing that every little thing simply labored out in our favor.

Celine Boutier, LPGA, Team Europe, Solheim Cup

Celine Boutier smiles throughout a press convention previous to the 2023 Solheim Cup.
Photograph by Angel Martinez/Getty Pictures

“However as a participant and as an individual, I don’t really feel too completely different. I don’t really feel like my position, specifically, has modified a lot. I really feel like I’m simply attempting to do my finest on the market and convey as many factors as I can, after which the remaining is basically lower than us. So I’m simply actually attempting to do my finest and attempt to not let my teammates down.”

In 2021, Boutier saved on steamrolling the People, successful 5 & 4 in singles to assist the Europeans fend off Group USA.

However Captain Stacy Lewis and the People have revenge on their minds in Spain, as they haven’t received since 2017.

Thus, Boutier is targeted on her preparation, which is important contemplating the difficult structure that Finca Cortesín has to supply. It’s a goal golf course that requires precision, with no higher instance being the 280-yard par-4 1st gap that snakes round a lake.

“We’re simply attempting to arrange the very best we are able to,” Boutier mentioned.

“I really feel like everybody ready us forward of time, saying that it will be a really bodily course… [but] it was excellent to see the course [Tuesday]. I feel it’s very a lot about placement out right here. Just a little bit lengthy, longer than I’d have needed, however I feel it’s going to be problem and an excellent match-play course.”

The Solheim Cup begins Friday, Sept. 22 from Malaga, Spain. Protection begins on Golf Channel at 2 a.m. ET.

Jack Milko is a golf workers author for SB Nation’s Enjoying By. You’ll be able to comply with him on Twitter @jack_milko for extra golf protection. You should definitely take a look at @_PlayingThrough too.

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