Ines Laklalech Makes History On Ladies European Tour

The young Moroccan golfer secured victory at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France, becoming the first ever Arab winner on the LET

Ines Laklalech hits a driver
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On Saturday, history was made at the Ladies European Tour event, as Ines Laklalech became the first Moroccan, first Arab and first North African woman to win a title on the LET.

After a final round 68, the Moroccan found herself in a share of the lead with three time LET winner, Meghan MacLaren, who had fired a round of 67 to pull alongside Laklalech at the top of the leaderboard.

As the duo headed to a playoff, it was Laklalech who got the better of the Englishwoman, as she secured her first title since earning her 2022 Tour card in December.

Beginning the final day, it was the Moroccan who started one shot ahead of MacLaren, following a second round of five-under-par 66 in windy conditions. Along with MacLaren, there were also players like Solheim Cup star, Celine Boutier, in contention, with the 28-year-old just two shots back of Laklalech.

As crowds watched on at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France, Laklalech and MacLaren couldn't be separated over the front nine, as both moved to 13-under-par for the tournament and opened up a four shot gap over their nearest rivals.

As the back nine began, it was the Englishwoman who took the advantage as she moved to 15-under-par for the tournament. However, Laklalech held on to her opponent and, coming down the last, neither could pull ahead as we headed to extra holes.

MacLaren hits a tee shot with a driver

MacLaren was looking for her second LET title of 2022

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In the playoff, Laklalech couldn't be stopped and, despite missing a short putt on the 18th, she tapped-in for an historic title and a moment she won't forget as she becomes the first Arab winner on the LET.

After securing her card back in December, Laklalech had become only the second ever Arab player on the LET, after fellow Moroccan, Maha Haddioui.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

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Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

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Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

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