Jennifer Cupcho of the United States has won the first female major of the season, the Chevron Championship, after finishing 14-under at the Mission Hills Country Club in California.
The 24-year-old, who has never won a tour event before, took a six-shot lead on the final day after shooting an eight-under-par 64 in the third round, but stumbled into the last 74 to beat a fellow American. Jessica Corda with two shots, Slovenia’s Pia Babnik with one more shot went back to third place.
“I’m still shivering, but it was fun to be there. It took a lot of hard work and a lot of deep breathing, “said Kupcho after his first win as a professional. “I’ve come very close a few times, so it was really hard, but being a major for my first win is like crazy.”
Georgia Hall finished best in the English contingent, scoring 69 in the 13th round, followed by Charlie Hall in the 25th and Mel Reid in the 44th round after 72.
The tournament, which traditionally ends with the winners and their caddy jumping into a pond in the 18th Green of the Day Shore Tournament course, is moving to a new venue in 2023 after a 51-year run at the Mission Hills Country Club.
Jennifer Kupcho – What’s in the bag?
Driver: Ping G425 LST (10.5˚)
Fairway wood: Ping G410 LST (14.5˚)
Hybrid: Ping G410 (22˚), Ping G425 (26˚)
Iron: Ping I210 (5-UW)
Bottom: Ping Glide Duplicate Pro (54˚, 58˚)
Potter: Ping PLD cushion prototype
Say: Titlelist Pro V1