American Kaufman up by 2 into final round of LPGA’s Vic Open

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It was a day of firsts in the final round of the Vic Open at 13th Beach Golf Links on the Bellarine Peninsula near Melbourne with the men's victor, David Law, and the victor of the women's event, Celine Boutier, both winning for the first time on their respective tours.

"I think just the first two days being aggressive and just making a lot of birdies, and the game is there", said Kaufman of what she learned about herself. Just missed some putts, but I know the difference in my feel of it, it's a little tentative, and how to deal with that.

"It's massive", the 27-year-old from Aberdeen said.

Boutier, who played 25 events a year ago, making 16 cuts, scored the biggest win of her career with rock solid par round of 72 to finish on eight-under for the tournament. "It's not always easy to be able to get your first win".

The Frenchwoman finished eight under to hold off local favourites Sarah Kemp and Su Oh, and England's Charlotte Thomas. Honestly, I got to that where I couldn't remember how many birdies I had made.

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The Women's Australian Open, also sanctioned by the LPGA, will be played next week at The Grange in Adelaide.

It was a 30-foot birdie at No. 15 that pulled Celine Boutier two strokes clear of the field and sealed her maiden victory. I had to call a penalty shot on myself because my ball moved as I went into my putt but my caddie said to me, "Reset, try to keep calm", and that's exactly what I did'.

"We had maybe two tee boxes where we got out of it and we all just went, "Oh, thank God for one second".

"She had been putting so well; she's a good player; she's won before".

Veteran Wade Ormsby yesterday took a two-shot lead at the ISPS Handa Vic Open as he searches for a second European Tour win, while American Kim Kaufman leads the women in a concurrent LPGA Tour event.

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"It was a insane day", said Kemp.

After just surviving the round-three cut, Kemp teed off in the second group early on Sunday morning and began her round inauspiciously with a double-bogey six.

"I've been loving the four events I've played so far and to just be a European Tour player was what I was happy with. I'm delighted. It's been an incredible event".

Through the first two events of the LPGA season, 21 players have top-10 finishes, led by Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions victor Eun-Hee Ji and ISPS Handa Vic Open victor Celine Boutier.

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