LPGA Tour: Lilia Vu beats Lexi Thompson and Grace Kim to win Meijer LPGA Classic ahead of KPMG Women’s PGA Championship | golf news

Lilia Vu earned her first LPGA Tour win of the season after defeating Lexi Thompson and Grace Kim in a playoff at the Meijer LPGA Classic.

Vu rallied from an eight-shot deficit during an exciting final day at Blythefield Country Club, shooting a bogey-free 65 to finish at 16 under par alongside Kim, who blew a five-shot lead overnight, and Thompson.

The trio birdied the par-five 18th on the first two extra holes of the play-off, before Vu made a winning birdie on the third extra hole of the play-off, as Thompson and Kim could only make the par, to claim her fifth LPGA Tour. title and first of the year.

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Lexi Thompson congratulated Lilia Vu after her victory in the play-offs

“I just couldn’t believe it,” Vu said. “I couldn’t believe I won this week. I think I was setting my bar too low to reach it. I think because I tend to get in my own way when I’m trying to win, that’s when I can’t.” “I don’t win most of the time, so I try to stay in my lane, take advantage of all the good shots and make all the birdie putts I can get.”

Vu’s comeback was a bigger blow than last week’s seven-shot deficit that Sweden’s Linnea Strom overturned at the ShopRite LPGA Classic, with four birdies over the final six holes helping her to the low round of the day.

Thompson birdied the 18th for a four-under 68 and tied Vu, while Kim made one birdie and eight pars over the back nine of his final round of 73 and was unable to maintain his sizable lead for the night. in the morning.

Vu won four times in 2023 and will be among the favorites for the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. live on Sky Sportshaving missed last month’s US Women’s Open while battling a back injury.

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Highlights from the final round of the 2023 AIG Women’s Open at Walton Heath, where Lilia Vu claimed her second major title of the season.

“It’s hard to feel 100 percent, but I think I’ve been 95 percent and I think obviously I played more than 18 holes today, so I feel a little tight,” Vu said. “It’s all good. It’s not the same as before.”

Thompson, the 11-time LPGA Tour winner who announced last month that she will retire from full-time competition at the end of the season, came close to ending her five-year title drought.

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“Knowing that I was five shots behind coming into the day, I knew I had to step on the gas and make a lot of birdies from the jump,” Thompson said. “I can only control what I can control, so I tried to focus on one shot at a time and play within myself and my emotions. That’s all I could do. Whatever happens with the result, I’m very happy with the result”.

Ally Ewing had a string of four consecutive birdies on her front nine and briefly touched 17 under for the tournament, but a bogey-bogey-birdie finish left her in fourth place. Allisen Corpuz and Narin An of South Korea scored 70s in the final round to share fifth place.

Whats Next?

The women’s premier season continues at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, held at Sahalee Country Club in Washington with all four rounds live on Sky Sports. Live coverage begins on Thursday from 9pm via the red button and at 11pm on Sky Sports Golf. Stream LPGA, Majors and more with NOW.

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