OTTAWA | Unleashing your power on a course has its share of advantages… but also disadvantages. In her first season on the LPGA Tour, Frenchwoman Pauline Roussin-Bouchard often learns this the hard way. She tries to master her game in order to avoid trouble and gain consistency. A long-term job.
The one who is ranked 71st in the CME globe race and 114th in the world is having a good first season among the elite of women's golf.
Packed with talent, the former Gamecocks of the he University of South Carolina, which has notably distinguished itself in the NCAA and the Augusta National Women's Amateur Championship, can just as easily finish in the top 10 as be solidly ousted from the weekend rounds.
In the amateur and collegiate ranks, she stood out for her flowery cards. She managed to tame her demons en route to the LPGA Tour.
However, she has been trying to overcome bad habits for several weeks. Lacking precision due to his power, the 22-year-old athlete with a fluid and graceful momentum is working on his round debut.
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It's fine to hit far ahead of your rivals, but you still have to know how to intelligently amass the birdies.
With an average of 272.5 yards on her tee shots, Roussin-Bouchard is in the top 10 of the most powerful golfers this season. On the other hand, she ranks 147th in terms of their accuracy while she posts a return of 62.4% of her balls in the fairways.
Obviously, sparrows are much more difficult to obtain when constantly playing in long grass and in the shade of trees.
“I'm also trying to avoid being two strokes over par after six holes,” joked the friendly golfer after her round at the Canadian Women's Open where she got off to a bad start on Saturday. < /p>
“Easier said than done,” she continued. But I try to apply a simple game while remaining positive. I need to execute my shots, reflect on my aggression on the course and revise my game dynamics.”
Roussin-Bouchard is still young. However, this is a change that does not come with the snap of a finger. Her game at the Ottawa Hunt proves she has yet to polish it. Among the leaders until the middle of the second round, we saw her climb and tumble over her good shots and her sometimes disastrous blunders. Author of a hole in one at the eighth pennant on Friday, she also then committed a triple bogey. And on Saturday, a double bogey, three bogeys and four birdies bloomed his 72 (+1) card.
Eyes on Asia
< p>Despite everything, the Frenchwoman does not lose the north. You'd think she'd be hoping to sneak into Europe's roster for the upcoming Solheim Cup in 2023. That's not quite the case. Rather, it has a very specific objective: to participate in the series of tournaments on Asian soil.
“Because I've never eaten sushi there,” she joked. No, seriously, I've never been to Asia and Australia. I want to go there for the culture bath, but also because the LPGA tournaments played on this continent bring together the best. So.
It's not far away, as the majority of these tournaments are reserved for golfers in the top 70 of the rankings in the race for the CME globe.
The Solheim Cup will come soon or later if she manages to master her game.
An Arab Sponsor
Since last year in the women's circuit, there have been more sponsors linked to Saudi Arabia. The logos of Golf Saudi and Aramco, linked to the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF), are also clearly visible.
Roussin-Bouchard also bears the logo of the Aramco series on his sweaters. This European Women's Tour sanctioned series features five international events in both team and individual play formats. Each tournament has a purse of $1 million.
Before signing the agreement with this sponsor, the rookie hesitated for a long time. However, she did not want to step on slippery ground. However, you have to admit that he does an incredible job with the girls. You don't have to hide it. »
Indeed, the PIF happily distributes millions in professional golf and in Formula 1. A concept called laundering through sport to restore its reputation.
The fact remains that Saudi Arabia continues to violate human rights, including those of women in the kingdom