Rookie Ines Laklalech said her win at the Ladies Open de France would be something she would remember “for the rest of my life” as she celebrated her historic win in Deauville.
By beating Meghan MacLaren in a play-off, the 24-year-old became the first Moroccan, the first Arab and the first North African woman to win a Ladies European Tour title, according to the Tour.
“It feels great,” Laklalech said, according to the LET website. “It’s special to hear it. I have no words to describe this.
“Of course I felt very nervous when I went to the tee box in the play-off, but I hit a good shot and it was a shame how it ended because Meghan didn’t have a good lie, but I feel like this is a two-in-one. I had a play-off and a win at the same time. This is definitely something I will remember for the rest of my life.”
She added: “Morocco is doing a great job promoting golf and I think a Moroccan victory on a major tour will be huge for the country and for the Arab world in general.”
Laklalech had finished on par with England’s MacLaren 14 under par. The pair returned to 18th for the play-off, where MacLaren could only get a six while Laklalech carded five.