Ines Laklalech makes history on European ladies’ tour

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 the lead with three-time LET winner Meghan MacLaren, who had shot a round 67 to place alongside Laklalech at the top of the standings.

As the duo headed into the playoffs, it was Laklalech who got the better of the Englishwoman, as she secured her first title since securing her 2022 Tour card in December.

At the start of the final day, it was the Moroccan who started a shot ahead of MacLaren, after a five-under-par 66 second round in windy conditions. As well as MacLaren, there were also players like Solheim Cup star Celine Boutier in contention, with the 28-year-old just two strokes behind Laklalech.

As the crowd watched the Lacoste Ladies Open from France, Laklalech and MacLaren could not be separated on the top nine as both moved to 13 under par for the tournament and opened a four stroke gap on their rivals the closer.

At the start of the back nine, it was the Englishman who took the lead, dropping to 15 under par for the tournament. However, Laklalech latched onto her opponent and, going down last, neither was able to get ahead as we headed for additional holes.

MacLaren hits a tee shot with a driver

MacLaren was looking for his second LET title of 2022

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In the playoffs, Laklalech couldn’t be stopped and, despite missing a short putt on the 18th, she landed a historic title and a moment she won’t forget as the first Arab LET winner. .

After earning her card in December, Laklalech became only the second Arab player on LET, after fellow Moroccan Maha Haddioui.

Michael C. Ford