Jennifer Cupcho wins Meijer LPGA Classic after exciting playoffs

Made the playoffs with Irish Leona Maguire and American. Nelly KordaKupcho missed the game-winning two-foot eagle on the first hole.

She hit a birdie that Maguire repeated while defending champion Korda could only handle par and was eliminated from the playoffs.

But at the second opportunity, Kupcho did not flinch. Another birdie in the second sudden death pit sealed the win – her second win of the season after winning her first major championship at Chevron Championship in April.

“Personally, I think this one is even better than the first one,” Kupcho told the LPGA afterwards. “I had such a big lead going into the final round at Chevron so to get out of this with the best players all over the leaderboard was crowded within strikes so it was very close and I am very proud or myself for coming out of this .

“I thought to myself this morning that I should call (my father) but kept saying to myself, ‘No, we’ll call him after the round with the trophy in hand’ and I’m glad I can do it. currently. “

Kupcho started the day trailing the night leader.

The final day of the playoffs ended on a rollercoaster ride for Kupcho after she hit a double bogey early on the third hole and a bogey on the sixth hole, three shots behind overnight leader Korda. An eagle in eighth and a birdie in ninth repaired the damage before birdies in 12th and 14th put her in the lead.

“I struggled a bit in the beginning, so that tells me I can really come back,” Kupcho said, according to ESPN. “I always knew I was a back nine player and that definitely came into play today.”

Playing in a group ahead of the American pair, Maguire entered the fray with 65 cards in the final round to close the seven-shot gap that separated her from the night’s lead.

She hit the last hole, setting the benchmark at 18 under par.

Korda also hit the last hole, while Kupcho stopped at par after her shot found a bunker, leaving all three players at the top of the leaderboard ahead of the playoffs.

“Unfortunately, sometimes you have it and sometimes you don’t,” runner-up Korda told the LPGA after her second start in the competition after a three-month hiatus due to thrombus.

“If you had told me, I think, three to four months ago when I was in the emergency room that I would be here, I would have been very happy.”