RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Jennifer Kupcho took the final victory leap into Poppie’s Pond on Sunday afternoon, ending a half-century of tournament play better known as Dinah Shore in Mission Hills.
Six shots before entering the round, Kupcho shot a 2 of 74 for a two-shot win over Jessica Korda in the Chevron Championship. The 24-year-old from Colorado finished at 14 under 274 for her first LPGA Tour title.
The event that started in 1972 as the Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner’s Circle and came of age in 1983 is moving to Houston next year after failing to attract a sponsor willing to keep it in the California desert.
Seven strokes ahead of Korda and defending champion Patty Tavatanakit at 18 under after birdie putts over 30 feet on the par-4 fourth and par-3 fifth, Kupcho played the final 13 holes 4-over.
Pia Babnik of Slovenia finished with a 66 to finish third at 11 under.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — JJ Spaun won his first PGA Tour event — and his first trip to the Masters — by throwing a final round 69 at the Valero Texas Open on Sunday.
In his 147th start on the PGA Tour, Spaun survived a double bogey start to the tour by recording five birdies with no bogeys to finish 13 under at TPC San Antonio. That gave him a two-stroke margin over Matt Kuchar (69) and Matt Jones (66).
Adam Hadwin (67), Beau Hossler (72), Charles Howell III (69) and Troy Merritt (69) tied for fourth under 10.
Spaun, 31, closed with four straight pars, and no one could get close to him. His previous best result on tour was a finalist in 2018 at the RSM Classic.
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BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Steven Alker earned his second victory over the PGA Tour champions, shooting a final round 7 under 65 to win the Rapiscan Systems Classic by six strokes.
Alker’s under-18 total was a record at the event, which moved to Grand Bear Golf Club this year after 10 iterations at Fallen Oak.
Padraig Harrington shot 65 to tie for second place with Alex Cejka. Bob Estes, who started the day shooting back, slipped to third after shooting 71.
A day after Alker shot a course-record 62 during the second round to take the lead, he went on to golf nearly flawlessly to hold off an early charge from Estes.
Estes, still looking for his first victory on the 50-plus circuit at 56, matched Alker three times on the front nine but lost the rhythm with a bogey on the par-4 eighth hole and did not was able to guard when Alker snatched three straight birdies to start the back nine.
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — TJ Vogel had a 5-under 67 in the final round to win the Club Car Championship at Landings Club by one stroke.
Vogel beat 54-hole leader Mark Anderson and Ryan Blaum to win his first PGA Tour-sanctioned event. He birdied the first hole and an eagle on the par-5 third hole before landing three consecutive birdies on the fifth, sixth and seventh holes.
“I worked so hard for this, I have so many people to thank, and I’m just happy,” said Vogel, who finished with a 271-under-17. I was here as a young pro, but not quite ready at that point. I went backwards, came back up and just progressed. I felt like my progression was very slow, but I felt like I was always moving a little, a little, and that’s a big step here.
Blaum had a 2-under 70 on the final day and Anderson was 1-under 71. Both finished at 16-under 272.
Andrea Lee earned a three-hole playoff for the Epson Tour victory over Lucy Li in Tucson, Arizona. The two were tied at 3-under 69 after the final round, which prompted a playoff. Daniela Darquea finished behind them. … Mateusz Gradecki rallied five strokes behind with a 6-under 66 for a three-stroke win in South Africa’s Limpopo Championship, becoming the second Polish player to win on the Challenge Tour. The tournament was co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour. Hennie Du Plessis had a 70 to finish second. … Lee Anne Pace won the Investec South African Women’s Open for a record fifth time, beating Magdalena Simmermacher of Argentina in a six-hole playoff. The two closed with a 2-under 70. … Alejandro Tosti of Argentina closed with a 2-under 69 and capped an eight-stroke win over Clordomiro Carranza in the 90 Abierto del Centro on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica. … Mao Saigo finished bogey-double bogey for a 4 of 76 and held on for a one-shot victory at the Yamaha Ladies Open on the LPGA of Japan.