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Kupcho seals first LPGA major with Chevron Championship win

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Jennifer Kupcho held her nerve to clinch the first LPGA Tour victory of her career on Sunday, winning the Chevron Championship after firing a closing two-over-par 74 in the California desert.

The 24-year-old from Colorado – who led by six shots after a blistering eight-under-par 64 in Saturday’s third round – shrugged off a wobble on the back nine to complete a deserved victory in the opening major of the season.

Kupcho finished on 14 under par for the tournament, two shots clear of Jessica Korda, who carded a closing 69 for a 12-under-par aggregate of 276.

Slovenian Pia Babnik, just 18, finished third after a closing six-under-par 66 to finish on 11 under.

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