Can Celine Boutier hold her nerve and take the title?
Can Celine Boutier hold her nerve and take the title?

Aussie hope not discounting final-round charge

PERTH'S in-form Hannah Green has boldly predicted it will take a course record 66 to catch runaway French leader Celine Boutier in Sunday's final round at the inaugural Australian Ladies Classic at Bonville, outside Coffs Harbour.


The good thing is that Green has set no limits on herself, even from seven shots behind, and feels she can be part of the pressure applied to the young French golfer.


Green (70-70-72) has found enough birdies (16) between the tall gums that define the magnificent Bonville layout but keeping bogeys off her card has been the issue at the challenging course this week.


Green sits seventh as the top Aussie at four-under-par but the pressure of leading may also bring Boutier (70-68-67) back to the field in the final round.


England's Holly Clyburn led by two after 36-holes and now finds herself five shots back in second spot after a Saturday 74.


Only now is the lead in Boutier's head because the absence of leaderboards around the Bonville course allowed her to stay in her serence bubble in the third round.


"I started two strokes behind (Clyburn). I just played my game and didn't really pay attention to a leaderboard so I didn't even know I was that far ahead," Boutier, 24, said.


The French woman won the Sanya Ladies Open in China last November as well as two events on the second-tier Symetra Tour in the US last year where Green won three times.


Boutier knows how to win but Green's temperament to go low makes her a danger.


Green shot 64 three times in a month to finish her stunning Symetra Tour season last year so she has the capacity in her precision game.


"It was tough out there but I was quite happy with even-par," Green said.


"When I saw Celine's round I thought 'wow, what course is she playing?"


"I left a lot out there, again, so I know you'd have to go quite low to catch Celine."


She laughed but the hunter was serious when she said: "I'm thinking maybe six-under (66)...I know it's gettable."


The new event on the ALPG Tour is a big plus for the women's tour, especially to bring a quality field of European and Australian players to a country centre with a superb course ranked at No.35 in the just-released Top 100 Courses list of Australian Golf Digest magazine.


Live coverage of the final round is on Fox Sports.

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