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Jennifer Kupcho wins three-woman playoff at Meijer LPGA Classic

Field Level Media
20 Jun 2022, 10:40 GMT+10

Jennifer Kupcho tapped in for birdie on the second playoff hole to defeat Ireland's Leona Maguire and world No. 2 Nelly Korda and win the Meijer LPGA Classic on Sunday in Belmont, Mich.

The trio went to a playoff, replaying the par-5 18th hole, after all three carded 18-under-par 270 for the week at Blythefield Country Club. Kupcho and Maguire birdied the first playoff hole to knock out Korda and keep going.

The second time down, Maguire watched her 3-foot birdie putt lip out, ceding the victory to Kupcho.

It marked Kupcho's second victory of the year after she earned her maiden LPGA Tour title at the ANA Inspiration, the first major of the season.

"I've been really close, but this leaderboard was stacked," Kupcho said. "I think that's what I'm most proud of, is the players that were up there with me. It was a very close battle to the end, and I'm proud of it."

Kupcho led after the first and second rounds before Korda slipped past her to take the 54-hole lead. On Sunday, Kupcho shot a 1-under 71 with a colorful card that included an eagle, a double bogey, three birdies and two bogeys.

Korda, aiming to defend her title at the event, managed a par 72.

Maguire joined the party with her fourth straight round in the 60s, a 7-under 65 with eight birdies and just one bogey. She birdied No. 18 to set herself up for playoff participation.

Lydia Ko of New Zealand shot a 68 Sunday and finished alone in fourth at 17-under 271. Tying for fifth at 16 under were Nelly Korda's sister -- Jessica Korda (67) -- Carlota Ciganda of Spain (67), Atthaya Thitikul of Thailand (68) and Lexi Thompson (70).

It was the final tour stop before next week's major, the KPMG Women's PGA Championship. Nelly Korda is the defending champion.

--Field Level Media

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