The 2022 season saw her earn six top-five finishes and six additional top-10 results, but a third victory continued to elude the Frenchwoman. She hadn’t won since the 2021 ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer, and while 12 top 10s and the money those provided were nice to have, Boutier desperately wanted to hoist another trophy on the LPGA Tour. As she turned the page to the 2023 season, the two-time LPGA Tour winner was as determined as ever to find the winner’s circle.
And Boutier achieved that goal earlier than she might have expected.
After finishing 26th at the season-opening Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions, Boutier earned two top-15 results in her next two starts at the Honda LPGA Thailand and the HSBC Women’s World Championship, then teeing it up at the LPGA Drive On Championship at Superstition Mountain.
After a Thursday 69, Friday 66 and Saturday 65, Sunday felt like it could finally be Boutier’s day. The 54-hole leader played steady, posting a 68 to get to 20-under overall, but major winner Georgia Hall managed to rocket up the leaderboard with a final-round 65, sending the two Solheim Cup teammates into a playoff to decide a champion.
While it looked like the pair were poised to produce a ton of drama, ultimately only one extra hole was needed as Boutier birdied the par-5 18th at Superstition Mountain to claim her first LPGA Tour victory in 539 days and become the winningest French player in Tour history.