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Ines Laklalech makes history with Ladies Open de France win

In defeating 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 amazing,” said Laklalech, per the LET website. “It’s special to hear it. I don’t have any words to describe this.

“Of course going to the tee box in the playoff I felt very nervous but I hit a good shot and it was unfortunate how it ended, because Meghan didn’t have a good lie, but I feel like this is a two-in-one. I experienced a play-off and a victory at the same time. This is definitely something that I will remember for the rest of my life.”

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

Laklalech had finished level with England’s MacLaren on 14-under par. The pair returned to the 18th for the play-off, where MacLaren could only manage a six while Laklalech carded five.

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