Vic Open - Celine Boutier wins title as Kim Kaufman blows overnight lead

Kim Kaufman carded a 75 but will lead by two shots ahead of the final round

Briton David Law produced a sparkling eagle on the 18th hole to snatch a one-stroke victory at the Vic Open in Barwon Heads, Australia, and claim his maiden European Tour title on Sunday.

Oh arrived in the final group despite a 74 that threatened to be much worse after a pair of opening bogeys, but wore down former Women's Australian Open champion Haru Nomura (76) who was a victim of the trying weather as the day progressed, but clung on at seven under.

Celine Boutier of France finished two in front of her nearest challengers.

Had Ormsby been able to match Law's eagle on the final hole, he would have forced a playoff, but he could only manage a birdie.

The tournament is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and LPGA Tour and features men and women playing on the same courses at the same time, for equal prize money.

He gave himself the opportunity, but his eight-metre putt sneaked wide and he settled for a birdie and a tie for second with fellow Australian Brad Kennedy.

England's Callum Shinkwin and South Africa's Justin Harding were undeterred, shooting impressive 66s, but the round of the day went to Australia's Matt Stieger, who overcame the elements with a 65.

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"On the last I knew I needed an eagle to at least force a play-off".

"I hit a great shot in and it was a nice putt, eight feet down the hill and pretty straight".

The victory represents a remarkable turnaround on the course for Law, who was on the brink of taking on other work over the winter before winning last season's SSE Scottish Hydro Challenge and finishing 14th on the Challenge Tour to earn a European Tour card. In the event of a tie in total top-10 finishes, the award will go to the player with the most official wins, followed by most second-place finishes, third-place finishes, etc., until the tie is broken. "I knew that I was kind of having a good score at the end and I got a little nervous coming down 18, but yeah, just lucked out". I've been working so hard for this.

"I've got to try and take the positives from it", said the 38-year-old South Australian.

"You're going to hit a lot of bad shots, need to recover a lot and I did that quite well so I'm happy". "I don't know, I don't think anybody would be sad that they won, so I'm going to fight for it".

Second-round leader Kim Kaufman holed out from the bunker for birdie on the par-3 seventh hole which helped her take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the LPGA's Vic Open.

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