France’s Pauline Roussin captains her team to victory in the Aramco Team Series team event

21 May 2023

France’s Pauline Roussin has secured back-to-back victories in the Aramco Team Series presented by PIF.

France’s Pauline Roussin has secured back-to-back victories in the  Aramco Team Series presented by PIF. The French star added to her individual triumph in the Aramco  Team Series Singapore by captaining her team of Nurria Iturrioz, Solheim cup legend Trish Johnson  and amateur Michael Bickford to victory this week in the team event at the Aramco Team Series  Florida with a score of 25-under-par.  

On this win, Captain Roussin said “It was a lot of fun. We really got along, and we had fun out there,  despite how much of a challenge the golf course is. And now here we are with the trophies. It's pretty  cool… I'm proud of this team, and I would not have wished to play it with any other people”. 

The contribution of individual championship leader Iturrioz, Solheim Cup legend Trish Johnson, and  amateur Michael Bickford proved to be a winning combination for ‘Team Roussin’, with Bickford  having this to say following the conclusion of the team event: “We had one rule today, to just try and  make a birdie every hole. It was incredible to play with everyone, and this is a fantastic tournament.  Thanks to our sponsors and the rest of the pros out there, everyone played really well”. 

In the individual championship, players completed their second rounds this morning ahead of the  final round in Florida.  

Overnight leader of the individual event Nurria Iturrioz is looking to ‘go the double’ in Florida and  add to her victory in this week’s team event with a win in the individual championship, which she  leads by one stroke at four-under-par with one round to go.  

Scotland’s Louise Duncan completed her second round this morning at Trump International Golf Club  West Palm Beach and sits at three-under-par and tied-second place after a second round 72. The  young star is seeking her first victory on the Ladies European Tour this week, and had this to say  ahead of her final round in Florida: “I’m pretty happy with how I went the past two rounds. It's been  fairly solid. There's not been too many mistakes, so I'm looking forward to it and we'll see what  happens”. Duncan, who won the 2021 Women’s Amateur Champion is no stranger to challenging golf  courses. On the course set up this week, Duncan commented: “It's probably up there with one of the  toughest I've played and probably one of the toughest we play on Tour. You're just going to have to  step up and hit the shots. There's a lot of water around here and you can get some pretty big  numbers, so it's just about keeping them off [the card] and not being too disheartened by a bogey if  one comes your way”.

An American trio are also in close contention of Iturrioz, with Lindsey Weaver-Wright sitting at two under-par, and Alison Lee and Florida-local Lexi Thompson sitting at even par for the tournament.  World number three Lydia Ko remains in the hunt at one-under-par and well in the mix ahead of an  exciting final round at the Aramco Team Series Florida. After the 36-hole cut, 65 players made it  through the stern test to compete on Sunday in the final round of the Aramco Team Series Florida  presented by PIF, which got underway at 9.40am ET. 

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