Ines Laklalech makes history with Ladies Open de France win | CNN
Rookie Innes Laclais said her Ladies Open de France victory will be something she will remember “for the rest of my life” as she celebrated her historic win at Deauville.
By defeating Meghan McLaren in a playoff, the 24-year-old became the first Moroccan, first Arab and first North African woman to win the Ladies European Tour title. According to the tour.
“It feels amazing,” Laklalek said, according to the LET website. “It’s special to hear. I don’t have words to describe it.
“Obviously I was nervous going to the tee box in the playoff but I hit a good shot and it was unfortunate how it ended up, because Meghan didn’t have a good lie, but I feel like it’s a two I am. One I experienced the playoffs and victory at the same time. It’s definitely something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”
He added: “Morocco is doing a great job promoting golf and I think a Moroccan win on a major tour would be huge for the country and the Arab world in general.”
Laklich was tied with England’s McLaren at 14 under par. The pair returned to the 18th for the playoff, where McLaren could only hit one six while Laclaiche carded five.