Amy Yang Wins Maiden Major Title At The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Amy Yang Wins Maiden Major Title At The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

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Amy Yang Wins Maiden Major Title At The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Amy Yang secured her first major victory at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, overcoming a late stumble to win by three shots. This triumph at Sahalee Country Club in Washington marks the 34-year-old's breakthrough at her 75th major start. Previously, Yang had 12 top-five finishes at majors, including runner-up finishes at the US Open in 2012 and 2015. This win is her sixth LPGA Tour title.

Yang entered the final round with a two-shot lead after rounds of 70, 68, and 71. She began Sunday with a tap-in birdie at the first hole and rebounded from a bogey at the third with birdies at the fifth and eighth holes, covering the front nine in 2-under 34. Despite a seven-shot lead after 15 holes, she dropped three shots at the 16th and 17th, finishing with an even-par 72 and a total of 7-under.

Yang, who once lived on Queensland's Gold Coast, became the youngest winner of the Queensland Amateur Championship at the age 15 in 2005. She then made headlines in 2006 by winning the ANZ Ladies Masters as a 16-year-old amateur, becoming the youngest winner on the Ladies European Tour at that time. She won her first LPGA Tour title at the 2013 KEB-HanaBank Championship.

Lilia Vu of the United States, Jin Young Ko of Korea, and Miya Yamashita of Japan shared second place at 4-under. Vu, the previous week's Meijer LPGA Classic winner, finished with a final round of 1-under, including a birdie at the last hole. Ko, aiming for her third major and 16th LPGA Tour win, shot a 1-under 71 for her best finish at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Yamashita closed with a 1-over 73.

Americans Ally Ewing (71) and Lauren Hartlage (74) tied for fifth place at 3-under.

Australian major champions Hannah Green and Minjee Lee finished tied for 24th at 4-over. Green, who won this event in 2019, carded a 1-under 71 on Sunday, while two-time major winner Lee posted a 2-over 74 in the final round.

World No. 1 Nelly Korda recorded her worst LPGA Tour score of 81 in the second round, missing her third consecutive cut. This poor performance follows a remarkable stretch where she won six out of seven events, including a record-tying five consecutive victories.

The LPGA Tour moves to Michigan for next week’s Dow Championship to be staged at Midland Country Club. Cheyenne Knight and Elizabeth Szokol are defending the two-player team event.

Final Scores

1. Amy Yang -7
T2. Jin Young Ko -4
T2. Lilia Vu -4
T2. Miya Yamashita -4
T5. Ally Ewing -3
T5. Lauren Hartlage -3
T7. Mao Saigo -2
T7. Hinkam Shibuno -2

Australians

T24. Hannah Green +4
T24. Minjee Lee +4
T46. Gabriela Ruffels +9
T52. Stephanie Kyricaou +10
T60. Grace Kim +11
MC. Robyn Choi
MC. Sarah Kemp
MC. Hira Naveed

 

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