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<br>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.<br> <br>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.<br> <br>The second time down, Maguire watched her 3-foot birdie putt lip out, ceding the victory to Kupcho.<br> <br>It marked Kupcho’s second victory of the year after she earned her maiden LPGA Tour title at the ANA Inspiration, the first major 방콕골프 of the season.<br> <br>”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.”<br> <br>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, 방콕골프 three birdies and two bogeys.<br> <br>Korda, aiming to defend her title at the event, managed a par 72.<br> <br>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.<br> <br>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).<br> <br>It was the final tour stop before next week’s major, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
Nelly Korda is the defending champion.<br> <br>–Field Level Media<br>