Chevron Championship: Jennifer Kupcho wins first Major and Maiden up

Jennifer Kupcho celebrates after winning the Chevron Championship

Jennifer Kupcho stumbled back-nine to win the Chevron Championship, her first big win and her first on the LPGA Tour.

The 24-year-old American, who won the Augusta National Women’s Amateur three years ago, finished 14-under 274 with a 2-over 74 card in the final round at the Mission Hills Country Club in California, twice as much as Jessica Corder.

Kupcho started the day at 16-under with a six-shot lead after 64 runs on Saturday and extended his advantage to seven after a strong start that saw his hole a bit longer as he birdied both the second, fourth and fifth. Buggy at the third.

Defending champion Patti Tavatanakit of Thailand was a close follower of Kupcho overnight and played with him in the final group, but he endured a frustrating day after missing a number of chances after a boogie sandwich with fourth-placed Birdies in fourth.

This leaves Korda to mount the most powerful challenge when he is enthralled by an eagle in third place where he exits the fairway.

Jessica Corda reacts after making an eagle in the third hole from the fairway during the final round

Jessica Corda reacts after making an eagle in the third hole from the fairway during the final round

Kupcho hit another long birdie putt in 11th place after hitting the eighth and 10th bogies, but his lead was suddenly in jeopardy after a back-to-back bogey in the 13th, where he did 3-putts and was third at 14th. Where he misses the green left.

Corda, who birdied the 11th and 12th, was just two shorts short of his fellow American until he missed a short per putt on the 15th that allowed Kupcho to return his approach shot to two feet to recover the four-shot cushion. Birdie did after the drop. .

Kupcho mixed seven bogies with five birdies in his final round

Kupcho mixed seven bogies with five birdies in his final round

There was supposed to be another slip-up from Kupcho on the 17th but, with three shots left, he was able to build a three-put boogie on the 18th before celebrating the victory and then jump into Poppy’s Pond – the final winner so the tournament is next. The year will move to Houston – after receiving the trophy.

“I’m still shivering but it was fun to be there, especially with Patty. It’s a lot of hard work but a lot of deep breathing, ”Kupcho said after his first win.

“I’ve come so close a few times so it’s really hard sometimes. And here I am, it’s really exciting. A major is crazy. “

Corda, who suffered from a back problem, equalized the final three holes for 69, where Slovenian Pia Babnik, 18, made her mark in the tournament with a great 66, the second featuring an eagle and five birdies, for the storm. Third place under 11.

His score matched that of Japan’s Hinako Shibuno as the halfway leader bounced back from his third round 77 to share fourth place in 10 under with Celine Butier (67) of France, American Lexi Thompson (68) and Tavatanakit (72). 18th birdied after bogey at 15th and 16th.

Patty Tavatanakit had a tough defense of the title but struggled to make an impact on Sunday

Patty Tavatanakit had a tough defense of the title but struggled to make an impact on Sunday

England’s Georgia Hall enjoyed a decent finish with a 3-under 69 and tied him at six-under and 13th, while Charlie Hall’s 73 is his four-under and joint-25th.

Ireland’s Leona Maguire scored 61 runs in two unders and Joint-39th, Mel Reid (62) in 44th in one under.

South Korea’s Chella Choi achieved a BMW iX with a hole-in-one in par-three on the 17th, where Sweden’s Parnilla Lindberg climbed to fifth place 166-yards – they both finished equal and finished 53rd.

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Chevron Championship: Jennifer Kupcho wins first big win and first LPGA Tour

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