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France’s Camille Closes in on Rookie of the Year

DUBAI, Dec 5 — France’s Camille Chevalier is looking for a top finish in her first appearance at this week’s Omega Dubai Ladies Classic at Emirates Golf Club to confirm her position as the LET’s Rookie of the Year.

The 23-year-old from Aix-en-Provence claimed her maiden title at last month’s Hero Women’s Indian Open and sits approximately 31,000 euros ahead of second ranked rookie Jenny Haglund from Sweden heading into the season-ending tournament.

Chevalier has earned 62,985 euros from eight tournaments this year and with the first prize worth US$75,000, or approximately 63,246 euros, any of the other first year members in the field could effectively seal the leading rookie title with a victory in Dubai, if Chevalier missed the cut.

Haglund or Luna Sobron, ranked third in the rookie race with 28,163 euros in season’s earnings, could mathematically overtake Chevalier with a runner-up finish, worth US$45,000, or 37,949 euros.

However, Chevalier is determined to end her debut season on a high.

“I am very motivated, because I will be playing against great players and I want to figure well in the tournament,” said Chevalier, adding: “A win would be awesome. If not, a top 10 will be okay. I came here to win. If you don’t come to win, then why do you come?”

Chevalier is keenly aware of the stakes this week and said that being named Rookie of the Year would be a special achievement.

“It will be awesome because it will mean that I managed to give everything I have this season. It was my goal, so I’m excited and it means I improved since I got here. I decided to go pro last year and before that, I really didn’t want to go pro.

“I wanted to create a company and work in business. I wanted to create a start-up in innovation and energy. I studied business, so this wasn’t my goal at first and I set new goals at the beginning of the year and it would mean that I managed to achieve my goals, which would be great.”

Haglund and Sobron both flew in late from the LPGA Final Qualifying School in the United States and have not had the chance to play a practice round, but the fourth ranked rookie, Meghan MacLaren, who won the 2017 LET Access Series Order of Merit, has the advantage of having played in the tournament last year.

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