Ines Laklalech makes history with the Ladies Open

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Rookie Ines Laklalech said her victory at the Ladies Open de France would be something she would remember “for the rest of my life” as she celebrated her historic victory in Deauville.

By beating Meghan MacLaren in a play-off, the 24-year-old became the first Moroccan, first Arab and first North African woman to win a Ladies European Tour title, according to the Tour.

“It’s amazing,” Laklalech said, according to the LET’s website. “It’s special to hear it. I have no words to describe this.

“Of course, going to the tee box in the playoffs, I felt very nervous, but I hit a good shot and it’s unfortunate how it ended, because Meghan didn’t have a good lie, but I feel like it’s a two-in-one. I experienced a play-off and a win at the same time. It’s definitely something I’ll remember for the rest of my life. »

She added: “Morocco is doing a great job in promoting golf and I think having a Moroccan winner on a major circuit will be huge for the country and for the Arab world in general.”

Laklalech finished level with England’s MacLaren at 14 under par. The pair came back in the 18th for the shoot-off, where MacLaren could only manage a six while Laklalech carded five.

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