Arricau Claims Second LET Title
The 30-year-old form Orthez was the only player in the final three groups to shoot under par as she carded a final round 5-under-par 67 to reach 7 under par.
Arricau, who becomes only the third French player to win their National title, finished two shots ahead of Austrias Natascha Fink who had best of career second place finish with a final round 72.
Tied for third place on 3 under par were Australian Jane Leary and Swedens Linda Wessberg, who kept in touch with the Frenchwoman until her 16th hole when she made a double bogey.
But it was Arricau who raced out of the blocks with four birdies in her first six holes to jump into contention. While the remainder of the leaders were watching each other and failing to make any headway, Arricau, who won her first title in La Corua three weeks ago, took the outright lead on the par-5 13th hole where she two putted from 30 feet.
Despite a bogey after at the dogleg 15th hole after a pushed, the diminutive Frenchwoman redressed the balance with a birdie at the 16th from 6 feet.
Managing to avoid dropping a shot at the notorious 17th hole, which saw 30 players have bogey or worse, Arricau approached the last hole with great caution, knowing that she almost threw the tournament away in Spain after she had a double bogey and slipped into a playoff.
Having safely negotiated the final hole three groups ahead of the leaders, Arricau was not taking any chances and had a nervous wait for Fink, who had to eagle the final hole. With the green out of reach in two shots and Fink not managing to pull off the miracle shot, Arricau screamed with relief.
I did the same score last year in the final round, so I was thinking about that all day long, said Arricau, who joins Patricia Meunier-Lebouc and Marie-Laure de Lorenzi as the only French players to win the Womens French Open.
I think this win was more difficult than La Corua because when I began the day playing very well, I knew very quickly that I was in contention.
Its an incredible feeling now and when I got on to the flight to Spain, I could not imagine that I would be having three weeks like this. When I won there, I knew I could win again and the start I made today, that really helped a lot.
Anja Monke from Germany closed in a tie for fifth spot alongside South African Laurette Maritz, Englands Lora Fairclough and third round leader Ǻsa Gottmo, who closed with a disappointing final round 76.
And defending champion Lynnette Brooky closed in a four way tie on one under par with Gwladys Nocera and Natalie David from France and Gina Scott from New Zealand.
First Look: WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play groups
Group 1: (1) Dustin Johnson, (32) Kevin Kisner, (38) Adam Hadwin, (52) Bernd Wiesberger
Group 2: (2) Justin Thomas, (21) Francesco Molinari, (48) Patton Kizzire, (60) Luke List
Group 3: (3) Jon Rahm, (28) Kiradech Aphibarnrat, (43) Chez Reavie, (63) Keegan Bradley
Group 4: (4) Jordan Spieth, (19) Patrick Reed, (34) Haotong Li, (49) Charl Schwartzel
Group 5: (5) Hideki Matsuyama, (30) Patrick Cantlay, (46) Cameron Smith, (53) Yusaku Miyazato
Group 6: (6) Rory McIlroy, (18) Brian Harman, (44) Jhonattan Vegas, (51) Peter Uihlein
Group 7: (7) Sergio Garcia, (20) Xander Schauffele, (41) Dylan Frittelli, (62) Shubankhar Sharma
Group 8: (8) Jason Day, (25) Louis Oosthuizen, (42) Jason Dufner, (56) James Hahn
Group 9: (9) Tommy Fleetwood, (26) Daniel Berger, (33) Kevin Chappell, (58) Ian Poulter
Group 10: (10) Paul Casey, (31) Matthew Fitzpatrick, (45) Kyle Stanley, (51) Russell Henley
Group 11: (11) Marc Leishman, (23) Branden Grace, (35) Bubba Watson, (64) Suri
Group 12: (12) Tyrrell Hatton, (22) Charley Hoffman, (36) Brendan Steele, (55) Alexander Levy
Group 13: (13) Alex Noren, (29) Tony Finau, (39) Thomas Pieters, (61) Kevin Na
Group 15: (15) Pat Perez, (24) Gary Woodland, (37) Webb Simpson, (50) Si Woo Kim
Group 16: (16) Matt Kuchar, (27) Ross Fisher, (47) Yuta Ikeda, (54) Zach Johnson
Randall's Rant: Hey, loudmouth, you're not funny
Dear misguided soul:
You know who you are.
You’re “that guy.”
You’re that guy following around Rory McIloy and yelling “Erica” at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
You’re that guy telling Justin Thomas you hope he hits it in the water at the Honda Classic.
Amusing to you, maybe, but as funny as a fart in an elevator to the rest of us.
What’s a sport to do?
McIlroy suggested limiting liquor sales at tournaments, restricting alcohol consumption to beer.
Imagine the outrage if that happened in an NFL game.
So, really, what is golf to do?
So if you’re “that guy,” welcome to our lawn, just don’t leave your lunch on it, please.
How Faxon became 'The Putting Stroke Whisperer'
Faxon mulled the question for a moment, shrugged and finally said, “Rhythm and tempo.”