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Celine Boutier ready to steer Europe to a different Solheim Cup victory

Celine Boutier has had an unbelievable summer season.

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

This success has given Boutier the excellence of being the highest-ranked European participant on the earth—she is presently 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 believe every victory is somewhat bit totally different,” Boutier defined.

Celine Boutier, LPGA, Women’s Scottish Open

Celine Boutier poses with the trophy after profitable the 2023 Freed Group Girls’s Scottish Open.
Photograph by Octavio Passos/Getty Photographs

“There’s no a technique to consider it. Clearly, as a group, the victory can be very totally different this week than it’s on a traditional event week. Nevertheless it’s all good. Simply because now we have 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 recreation could be very related,” Boutier stated when requested how her recreation has modified over the previous few years.

“I really feel like I used to be taking part in very effectively at Gleneagles, and I really feel like with the ability to expertise all the pieces for the primary time, and the power and being partnered with Georgia additionally ended up being such a great pairing that all the pieces 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 Photographs

“However as a participant and as an individual, I don’t really feel too totally 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 greatest on the market and produce as many factors as I can, after which the remainder is admittedly less than us. So I’m simply actually attempting to do my greatest and attempt to not let my teammates down.”

In 2021, Boutier saved on steamrolling the Individuals, profitable 5 & 4 in singles to assist the Europeans fend off Workforce USA.

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

Thus, Boutier is targeted on her preparation, which is crucial 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 organize the very best we are able to,” Boutier stated.

“I really feel like everybody ready us forward of time, saying that it could be a really bodily course… [but] it was excellent to see the course [Tuesday]. I believe it’s very a lot about placement out right here. Somewhat bit lengthy, longer than I might have needed, however I believe it’s going to be a great 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 employees author for SB Nation’s Enjoying Via. You may comply with him on Twitter @jack_milko for extra golf protection. Make sure to take a look at @_PlayingThrough too.

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