England’s Mel Reid wins first LPGA title at ShopRite Classic



England’s Mel Reid gained her first LPGA title on Sunday, firing a four-under par 67 to seize the ShopRite Elementary by two strokes over American Jennifer Kupcho.

The 33-year-old from Derby made bogey on the par-Three 17th nonetheless closed with a birdie to complete 72 holes on the Seaview resort in Galloway, New Jersey, on 19-under 265.

“Help. It’s a gigantic help,” Reid talked about. “It is so emotional.”

Kupcho was subsequent on 267 after a final-day 68 with American Jennifer Observe third on 268 and Japan’s Nasa Hataoka fourth on 270 after closing 69s.

Along with compatriot Georgia Corridor, a winner two weeks thus far on the Portland Elementary, Reid’s victory produced the primary back-to-back LPGA triumphs by English girls since Trish Johnson and Caroline Pierce in 1996.

At Portland, Reid fired a final-round 74 to squander a two-stroke lead and settled for sharing fifth whereas Corridor took the trophy.

“I merely wished to form of redeem myself,” Reid talked about. “I am proud how I dealt with myself.”

Reid, a European Solheim Cup veteran, owns six titles on the Women European Tour nonetheless had not gained equipped that 2017 Women’s Victorian Open in Australia.

Reid’s most attention-grabbing prior end in an LPGA occasion was a share of third in remaining yr’s Women’s PGA Championship.

Kupcho, ranked 58th, had a birdie-birdie end nonetheless couldn’t accumulate her first LPGA title after turning educated remaining yr.

Observe, ranked 91st, furthermore missed out on her first LPGA triumph in her 220th occupation begin.

World quantity 74 Reid stretched her result in three strokes with an eight-foot birdie putt on the par-Three 11th to know 18-under whereas Observe missed a four-foot par putt and joined Kupcho on 15-under.

Reid rolled in a single completely completely completely completely completely completely completely different birdie on the par-Four 12th, her fourth birdie in 5 holes, to know 19-under, boosting her revenue to 4 footage.

Kupcho birdied the 13th to tug inside three, nonetheless Reid sank a clutch 12-foot par putt on the par-Three 15th and Kupcho made a three-putt bogey on the 16th, restoring Reid’s four-shot edge.

Reid discovered the sturdy on the par-Three 17th, chipped out to 20 ft and missed her par putt, taking a bogey and her lead was all the most effective methods all through which all by which by which whereby appropriate relevant all the most effective methods all through which appropriate correct all the way in which all the way down to 2 footage on the 18th tee after Observe and Kupcho every birdied 17 to know 16-under.

Observe, Kupcho and Reid all discovered the suitable sturdy on the par-5 ending gap. Kupcho blasted onto the doorway of the inexperienced whereas Observe rolled into greenside sturdy.

Reid smacked a 6-iron inside 15 ft of the cup on the sting of the inexperienced to all-but seal the victory.

“It obtained acceptable appropriate relevant proper appropriate correct proper right here out bigger (than I anticipated),” Reid talked about. “We figured being momentary was implausible. Clearly was disillusioned at 17. We did not must do one state of affairs silly.”

Kupcho missed a 50-foot eagle putt nonetheless tapped-in for birdie whereas Observe settled for par. Reid rolled her eagle putt inches from the cup and tapped in for birdie and the victory, hugging her caddie earlier to mates sprayed her with champagne.

Reid birdied two of the primary three holes nonetheless stumbled with bogeys on the par-Four sixth, after leaving her methodology in sturdy shy of the inexperienced, and par-Three seventh, a tap-in par putt horseshoeing the lip of the cup and staying out to fall one as shortly as further of Observe.

Nonetheless Reid answered with birdies on the eighth and par-5 ninth to reclaim the lead by one on 17-under on the flip.

Kupcho stumbled with a bogey on the fourth and a double bogey at eight, nonetheless birdies at 9 and 10 lifted her as shortly as further into opponents.

Most necessary scores after Sunday’s closing spherical of the LPGA ShopRite
Elementary at Seaview golf resort in Galloway, New Jersey (par 71, USA
moreover well-known):

265 – Mel Reid (ENG) 68-64-66-67

267 – Jennifer Kupcho 69-65-65-68

268 – Jennifer Observe 65-69-65-69

270 – Nasa Hataoka (JPN) 64-67-70-69

272 – Nelly Korda 68-70-68-66

273 – Mina Harigae 68-70-69-66, Ashleigh Buhai (RSA) 66-71-70-66, Brooke Henderson (CAN) 68-70-65-70, Ryann O’Toole 64-71-67-71

274 – Christina Kim 69-65-72-68, Katherine Kirk (AUS) 66-69-70-69, Brittany Altomare 66-71-67-70

275
– Maria Fassi (ITA) 70-71-69-65, Jessica Korda 68-71-68-68, Lexi
Thompson 67-72-68-68, Megan Khang 69-70-67-69, Ally McDonald 69-67-68-71

276
– Minjee Lee (AUS) 70-69-70-67, Brittany Lang 68-69-72-67, Kim
Sei-young (KOR) 69-71-68-68, Anne van Dam (NED) 67-68-69-72, Georgia
Corridor (ENG) 67-67-70-72, Kelly Tan (MAS) 68-69-65-74

277 – Leona Maguire (IRL) 71-69-70-67, Moriya Jutanugarn (THA) 67-70-68-72, Lin Xiyu (CHN) 70-69-65-73

278
– Hinako Shibuno (JPN) 68-72-69-69, Tiffany Joh 70-70-68-70, Liu Yu
(CHN) 68-68-72-70, Gaby Lopez (MEX) 72-65-70-71, Nealimi Noh
69-70-68-71, Amy Olson 67-66-73-72, Lee Mi-hyang (KOR) 63-69-72-74, Park
Sung-hyun (KOR) 72-66-74-66



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