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Chevalier eager to seal Rookie of the Year title in Dubai

Khaleej Times 2017-12-05 22:35:57

England's Georgia Hall may have the Order of Merit done and dusted but there is still a lot to play for in the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic, the season-ending event on the Ladies European Tour.

The spoils for the Rookie of the Year, is still in play with it being a three-way shoot-out between France's Camille Chevalier, Sweden's Jenny Haglund and Spaniard Luna Sobron.  

Chevalier is in prime position to seal it after her maiden win at the Hero Women's Indian Open but Haglund and Sobron lurk if the Frenchwoman were to slip up.

Chevalier will be making her first appearance at the Majlis Course of the Emirates Golf Club and the 24-year-old from Marseille is hoping for a top finish to ward off the threat.

Chevalier, whose other best finish has been tied for eighth at the Evian Qualifier - Letas Jabra Ladies Open, has 62,985 euros from eight events this season. Haglund has 31,646 euros, while Sobron has earned 28,163 euros.

With a difference of approximately 31,000 euros between Chevalier and Haglund, the Frenchwoman has a target on her back.

With the first prize worth $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 Sobron could mathematically overtake Chevalier with a runner-up finish, worth $45,000 or 37,949 euros.

But Chevalier is ready to take on the competition. "I am very motivated, because I will be playing against great players and I want to figure well in the tournament," Chevalier said on Tuesday.

"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?" she asked.

 "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," she added.

Chevalier had fond memories of the win in India. "Winning in India was awesome and very exciting to share my victory with my friends. At the beginning of the season, it was a very different world for me, from amateur golf. Since we started with a big tournament in Morocco it was very impressive for me to see all the big players and play on a hard course. I guess I got used to it, so it's cool," said Chevalier.

Meanwhile, Haglund said that she hasn't paid much attention to the Rookie of the Year battle.

"Overall, it's been a good year. I haven't paid attention to that. I'm just going to try to do my best," said Haglund.