Lacoste Ladies Open de France R4

Nelly Korda wins her first Ladies European Tour title

September 19-22
Golf du Médoc, Chateaux Course, Le Pian-Médoc, France
€325,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Nelly Korda shot a four-under 67 to win the Lacoste Ladies Open de France for her first Ladies European Tour title.

Korda, who has won two titles on the LPGA Tour and one on the Symetra Tour, held a one-shot lead heading into the final round, but she carded six birdies and two bogeys on a blustery final day for a total of 15-under-par to win by eight at Golf du Medoc near Bordeaux.

Open de France R4 - Nelly Korda shot a four-under 67 to win the Lacoste Ladies Open de France for her first Ladies European Tour title
Credit: Tristan Jones

“Conditions were tough, but I tried to stay level headed and I tried to keep my head down and make as many birdies as possible,” said the 21-year-old from Bradenton, Florida, whom, together with her sister Jessica, was the joint leading points’ scorer for the United States Solheim Cup team at Gleneagles last weekend.

“I was consistent and hit a lot of fairways and greens, so I gave myself a lot of opportunities and my putting was quite good. I played really well last week and unfortunately we didn’t get the win, but I’ve been playing really solidly. I played a KLPGA event a couple of weeks before Solheim and I finished second there, so I’m playing really solid and hopefully I can do it again.”

Korda was making her tournament debut and becomes the third American in four years to win the Lacoste Ladies Open de France, following on from Beth Allen and Cristie Kerr, who won at Chantaco in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Although the world no.10 was born in the United States, her parents are the retired professional tennis players Petr Korda and Regina Rajchrtová from the Czech Republic and she added: “It feels great to win in Europe and hopefully I’ll win one day in Czech.”

Céline Boutier finished second while her European Solheim Cup teammate and last year’s tournament winner Caroline Hedwall tied for third with Joanna Klatten.


Korda had led by six at the tournament’s halfway stage, before Klatten shot up the leaderboard with a back nine of 29 in her third round. However, the home hope had a nightmare start and was eight over after her first six holes.

Korda made her first birdie on the third, but threw a lifeline to Boutier with a bogey on the seventh. She then birdied the ninth, 11th and 12th, bogeyed the 13th and birdied 14 and 16 to gain a seven-stroke advantage. Boutier then failed to escape from a greenside bunker at her first attempt and made a bogey on the last hole and Korda tapped in for a par.

Boutier carded three birdies and three bogeys for a level par 71. She said: “I’m very excited about the result because right after Solheim, I didn’t know what to expect, physically and mentally after that week. Nelly played very well and it was going to be hard to catch her, especially in those conditions, so I’m happy with the result. I have to say, the back nine was a little tough.”

Having been eight-over-par for her first six holes, Klatten rallied with birdies on seven, nine, 14 and 16 and was happy with a five-over-par 76.

Her equal third place prize cheque for €17,063 was double the amount that she has earned from 12 events on the LPGA so far this year.

She said afterwards: “It was a very eventful round. I played solid but I had three disastrous holes, so if you take those out of the equation I played pretty solid and it was a third place finish, so I’m okay.”

European Solheim Cup player Azahara Muñoz, a two-time winner of the event, tied for fifth place with Laura Fuenfstueck, Julia Engstrom, Olivia Cowan and Manon De Roey, while Jessica Karlsson and Charlotte Thompson tied for tenth.

With a tie for 12th place, Esther Henseleit moved to the top of the order of merit and now faces the prospect of becoming only the third player in history, following Dame Laura Davies and Carlota Ciganda, to win both the LET order of merit and the leading rookie award, in the same year.


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By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Prize Money
1
Nelly Korda (USA)
-15
68
64
70
67
269
48,750.00
2
Celine Boutier (FRA)
-7
70
69
67
71
277
29,250.00
3
Caroline Hedwall (SWE)
-5
72
70
67
70
279
17,062.50
3
Joanna Klatten (FRA)
-5
68
70
65
76
279
17,062.50
5
Laura Fuenfstueck (GER)
-3
72
70
72
67
281
9,360.00
5
Julia Engstrom (SWE)
-3
76
71
66
68
281
9,360.00
5
Azahara Munoz (ESP)
-3
66
72
74
69
281
9,360.00
5
Olivia Cowan (GER)
-3
69
72
69
71
281
9,360.00
5
Manon De Roey (BEL)
-3
70
72
67
72
281
9,360.00
10
Jessica Karlsson (SWE)
-2
69
73
72
68
282
7,312.50
10
Charlotte Thompson (ENG)
-2
68
70
69
75
282
7,312.50
12
Jenny Haglund (SWE)
-1
70
69
74
70
283
6,500.00
12
Esther Henseleit (GER)
-1
69
72
72
70
283
6,500.00
12
Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ)
-1
70
69
71
73
283
6,500.00
15
Linnea Strom (SWE)
Par
68
72
74
70
284
5,850.00
16
Kelsey Macdonald (SCO)
1
72
71
75
67
285
5,362.50
16
Emily Kristine Pedersen (DEN)
1
74
67
78
66
285
5,362.50
16
Luna Sobron (ESP)
1
73
70
70
72
285
5,362.50
19
Celine Herbin (FRA)
2
72
70
74
70
286
4,793.75
19
Tonje Daffinrud (NOR)
2
72
71
73
70
286
4,793.75
19
Madelene Sagstrom (SWE)
2
66
73
76
71
286
4,793.75
19
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir (ISL)
2
79
66
70
71
286
4,793.75
23
Meghan MacLaren (ENG)
3
70
74
73
70
287
4,306.25
23
Felicity Johnson (ENG)
3
73
69
74
71
287
4,306.25
25
Florentyna Parker (ENG)
4
76
72
68
72
288
4,062.50
26
Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA)
5
74
72
72
71
289
3,302.81
26
Eleanor Givens (ENG)
5
74
72
72
71
289
3,302.81
26
Aditi Ashok (IND)
5
71
73
74
71
289
3,302.81
26
Kylie Henry (SCO)
5
72
74
71
72
289
3,302.81
26
Cajsa Persson (SWE)
5
73
69
76
71
289
3,302.81
26
Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)
5
71
73
72
73
289
3,302.81
26
Whitney Hillier (AUS)
5
71
71
72
75
289
3,302.81
26
Camilla Lennarth (SWE)
5
73
73
67
76
289
3,302.81
34
Karolin Lampert (GER)
6
70
75
73
72
290
2,778.75
34
Carly Booth (SCO)
6
71
73
73
73
290
2,778.75
36
Sanna Nuutinen (FIN)
7
67
73
78
73
291
2,330.71
36
Silvia Banon (ESP)
7
71
71
74
75
291
2,330.71
36
Carmen Alonso (ESP)
7
75
72
69
75
291
2,330.71
36
Michele Thomson (SCO)
7
71
72
76
72
291
2,330.71
36
Ursula Wikstrom (FIN)
7
70
73
76
72
291
2,330.71
36
Lynn Carlsson (SWE)
7
75
72
73
71
291
2,330.71
36
Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP)
7
70
73
78
70
291
2,330.71
43
Emie Peronnin (FRA)
8
74
71
72
75
292
1,852.50
43
Emilie Alonso (FRA)
8
72
74
74
72
292
1,852.50
43
Diksha Dagar (IND)
8
72
73
75
72
292
1,852.50
43
Noora Komulainen (FIN)
8
71
76
74
71
292
1,852.50
47
Agathe Sauzon (FRA)
9
74
68
76
75
293
1,527.50
47
Lina Boqvist (SWE)
9
69
75
75
74
293
1,527.50
47
Candice Mahe (FRA) (a)
9
75
73
72
73
293
Amateur
47
Lejan Lewthwaite (RSA)
9
76
71
74
72
293
1,527.50
47
Maria Hernandez (ESP)
9
72
74
75
72
293
1,527.50
47
Linda Wessberg (SWE)
9
73
75
74
71
293
1,527.50
47
Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso (ITA)
9
73
73
76
71
293
1,527.50
54
Lydia Hall (WAL)
10
70
75
74
75
294
1,176.50
54
Anais Meyssonnier (FRA)
10
70
74
76
74
294
1,176.50
54
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (FRA)
10
70
72
79
73
294
1,176.50
54
Filippa Moork (SWE)
10
74
73
75
72
294
1,176.50
54
Valentine Derrey (FRA)
10
75
71
77
71
294
1,176.50
59
Gabriella Cowley (ENG)
11
74
71
74
76
295
1,040.00
60
Stefania Avanzo (ITA)
12
77
71
75
73
296
1,007.50
61
Maha Haddioui (MAR)
13
77
69
73
78
297
958.75
61
Isabelle Boineau (FRA)
13
78
69
77
73
297
958.75
63
Tvesa Malik (IND)
14
73
75
76
74
298
910
64
Becky Morgan (WAL)
16
75
70
80
75
300
877.5
65
Mathilda Cappeliez (FRA)
17
70
78
82
71
301
845
CUT
66
Marie Fourquier (FRA)
7
74
75
149
66
Justine Dreher (FRA)
7
71
78
149
66
Sarah Schober (AUT)
7
78
71
149
66
Laura Gomez Ruiz (ESP)
7
75
74
149
66
Elia Folch (ESP)
7
76
73
149
71
Astha Madan (IND)
8
77
73
150
71
Jade Schaeffer-Calmels (FRA)
8
73
77
150
71
Cloe Frankish (ENG)
8
79
71
150
71
Krista Bakker (FIN)
8
74
76
150
71
Johanna Gustavsson (SWE)
8
76
74
150
71
Alexandra Bonetti (FRA)
8
77
73
150
77
Manon Gidali (FRA)
9
79
72
151
77
Ariane Provot (FRA)
9
73
78
151
77
Emma Nilsson (SWE)
9
74
77
151
77
Charlotte Leathem (ENG)
9
78
73
151
77
Kiran Matharu (ENG)
9
79
72
151
77
Trish Johnson (ENG)
9
79
72
151
77
Frida Gustafsson Spang (SWE)
9
75
76
151
84
Fanny Cnops (BEL)
10
72
80
152
84
Sian Evans (ENG)
10
76
76
152
84
Ines Lescudier (FRA)
10
75
77
152
84
Liz Young (ENG)
10
73
79
152
84
Ana Menendez (MEX)
10
76
76
152
89
Chloe Leurquin (BEL)
11
78
75
153
89
Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA)
11
79
74
153
89
Maria Palacios (PER)
11
76
77
153
89
Minea Blomqvist (FIN)
11
76
77
153
89
Lara Plachetka Pohl (FRA)
11
77
76
153
94
Emma Grechi (FRA)
12
82
72
154
94
Emilie Piquot (FRA)
12
79
75
154
94
Amy Walsh (AUS)
12
75
79
154
94
Niina Liias (FIN)
12
81
73
154
94
Beth Allen (USA)
12
77
77
154
94
Christine Wolf (AUT)
12
73
81
154
100
Manon Molle (FRA)
14
78
78
156
100
Lauren Taylor (ENG)
14
83
73
156
105
Camille Chevalier (FRA)
15
76
81
157
103
Sarah Nilsson (SWE)
17
77
82
159
103
Lucie Andre (FRA)
17
82
77
159
105
Nadine Dreher (AUT)
18
84
76
160
106
Leticia Ras-anderica (GER)
19
83
78
161
107
Diana Luna (ITA)
71
*
RTD
108
Elina Nummenpaa (FIN)
77
*
DSQ