BELMONT, Michich ( Associated Press) – After missing a 2-foot eagle shot in the first hole of the playoffs, Jennifer Kupcho won the LPGA Meijer Classic on Sunday, when Leona Magvajer tried a 3-foot bird, fell asleep on the second extra hole .
Kupcho finished with a 1-under 71 to compare with partner Nelli Korda and Maguire with an 18-under 270 at the Blithefield Country Club. Kupcho played both holes for the playoffs.
“It’s really special,” Kupco said. “I was really close, but this table was stacked. I think I am most proud of that, of the players who were with me. It was a very close battle to the end and I am proud of that. “
Maguire finished with 65 and threw the first extra hole before missing a short shot on the second.
“I thought it would work,” Kupco said. “When she hit him in the hole, and I still had to hit from the edge, I thought to myself, it’s not a trick because I was just shaking and basically missing a shot of the same length.”
Korda, last year’s winner, was 72 after taking the lead in the last round with one move over Kupca. Korda dropped out of the playoffs with a pair of three times on the first extra time through the pair-5 18.
Maguire got a new life when Kupch’s two-meter slipped next to the left.
“I missed the shot,” Kupco said. “I almost missed the road to regulation, the same road. It comes with a lot of nerves and a lot of trembling. ”
Kupcho won for the second time on the LPGA tour, after a big win in early April at Mission Hills in the California desert. The 25-year-old former star of Wake Forest from Colorado won the inaugural competition of August National Women’s Amateur 2019.
Kupčo started slowly with a double god on par-4 third and bogey on par-4 sixth. She bounced with an eagle on par-5 on the eighth and a bird on par-4 on the ninth. On the last nine, the bird is par-4 12. and par-5 14. and bogeied par-4 16..
“I struggled a little at the beginning, so it tells me that I can really come back from it,” said Kupčo. “I always knew that I was a back-nine player and that definitely came into force today.
Maguire won the LPGA Drive On Championship at Crown Colony in early February and became the first Irish winner in the history of the LPGA Tour.
Second-placed Korda made the second start since returning from a four-month break due to a blood clot in her left arm. She tied for eighth place two weeks ago at the U.S. Women’s Open in her first event since early February.
“Unfortunately, sometimes you have it, and sometimes you don’t,” Korda said. “If you would tell me that three or four months ago, when I was in the ambulance, I would say that I would be here, I would be extremely happy.
Korda is also defending the title next week at KPGA Women’s PGA in Congress.
Lidija Ko was fourth at the age of 17 after 68.
Lexi Thompson, the 2015 winner, finished 70th and tied for fifth place with 16 less than Jessica Cord (67), Nella’s older sister, and Carlotta Cigand (67) and Atai Titikul (68).
“Of course, that’s not the outcome I wanted, but I felt strong all week and I played great golf, and nothing but positive things that I could bring to next week’s big match,” Thompson said.
Brooke Henderson, winner of the ShopRite LPGA Classic last week in New Jersey and champion of 2017 and 2019 in Blythefield, had 72 to finish with 15 below,
Minji Lee, the winner of the US Open for women, was 11 years old after 74.
“I think this one is even better than the first one, personally,” said Kupcho. I had such a big advantage in the last round at Chevron, so I came out of this with the best ranked players everywhere. The table was full, in a few strokes, so it was really very close and I feel very proud of myself for coming out of it. ”