Kupcho makes major breakthrough

America’s Jennifer Kupcho won the season’s first women’s major, the Chevron Championship, after finishing on 14 under par at Mission Hills Country Club in California.

The 24-year-old, who had not previously won a tour event, took a six-shot lead into the final day after shooting an eight-under-par 64 in the third round, but stumbled to a closing 74 to beat fellow American Jessica Korda by two shots, with Slovenia’s Pia Babnik a further shot back in third.

Jennifer Kupcho makes the traditional leap into Poppies Pond, accompanied by her caddy and her husband, following her victory at the Chevron Championship

“I’m still shaking, but it was just so fun to be out there. It’s taken a lot of hard work, and a lot of deep breaths,” said Kupcho after wrapping up her maiden win as a professional. “I’ve been so close a couple of times, so it has been really hard, but for my first win to be a major is crazy.”

Georgia Hall faired best of the English contingent, closing with a 69 to tie for 13th, while Charley Hull finished 25th and Mel Reid 44th following a final round 72.

The tournament, which traditionally ends with the winner and their caddie jumping into a pond by the 18th green of the Dinah Shore Tournament Course, is moving to a new venue in 2023 following a 51-year run at Mission Hills Country Club.

Jennifer Kupcho – What’s in the Bag
Driver: Ping G425 LST (10.5˚)
Fairway Wood: Ping G410 LST (14.5˚)
Hybrids: Ping G410 (22˚), Ping G425 (26˚)
Irons: Ping I210 (5-UW)
Wedges: Ping Glide Forged Pro (54˚, 58˚)
Putter: Ping PLD Kushin Prototype
Ball: Titleist Pro V1