The Amundi Evian Championship marked Celine Borge's second start in a major championship, and the 24-year-old made the most of her latest opportunity. She finished at 7-under (277) and grabbed a share of third at Evian Resort Golf Club.
Borge has found her footing in recent weeks, and it's clear she’s feeling more comfortable on the LPGA Tour in her rookie season. In 14 starts, Borge has only missed three cuts and has posted back-to-back top-five results, including a tie for third with playing partner Polly Mack at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational and, most recently, a T3 in Evian-les-Bains, France.
The 2023 LPGA Tour rookie took advantage of her short game this week with three sand saves and an average of 27 putts per round. In her final round, the Norwegian had a birdie on the par-3 5th hole, but a few holes later dropped a shot to turn in 35. She stayed patient and hopped on the par train for most of the back nine before closing with three birdies in her last four holes to finish with a 3-under 68.
"I finished with a few birdies, so that was nice," said Borge. “I saved some pars, too, on the back nine. I had some difficult lies (in) some places. It's been very nice. It's a very nice course and very difficult and tricky."
There’s no doubt that Borge will keep her foot on the gas with the season's final major, the AIG Women's Open, coming up in a couple of weeks. She laughed when asked about her strategy for the next few weeks and said, "Just try to do the same."
The LPGA Tour rookie and Epson Tour graduate earned Membership for this season after finishing sixth in the 2022 Race for the Card. She made 17 of 21 cuts on the Epson Tour last season, earning one victory at the Tuscaloosa Toyota Classic and recording five additional top-10 finishes, two of which were top-fives.