Rockland’s Megan Khang earns 1st LPGA win at CPKC Ladies’s Open

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The 25-year-old Massachusetts native hit her second shot to the perimeter left of the pin on 18 and two-putted for her first win in eight years on the LPGA Tour.

Rockland’s Megan Khang received her first LPGA match. Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press by way of AP

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Massachusetts native Megan Khang wanted an additional gap to win her first LPGA match in 191 profession begins.

Andrea Lee agonizingly watched the leaderboard for practically an hour to see if she would play on the Solheim Cup staff for the primary time.

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It was well worth the look forward to each.

Khang, who was born in Brockton and resides in Rockland, beat Jin Younger Ko with a par in a playoff for her first LPGA win, and Lee rallied to clinch a spot on the U.S. Solheim Cup staff on the CPKC Ladies’s Open on Sunday.

“My sport has been trending in the appropriate course recently and I believe this simply provides the self-confidence that, hey, I can win out right here,” Khang mentioned. “I’ve received out right here now.”

After struggling a lot of the afternoon, Khang made a 4-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th gap at Shaughnessy Golf and Nation Membership to power the playoff. Ko hit her tee shot on the primary playoff gap into the hazard left of the golf green and took a double bogey after a penalty shot.

The 25-year-old Khang hit her second shot to the perimeter left of the pin on 18 and two-putted for her first win in eight years on the LPGA Tour, giving her caddie a large hug after it dropped. She shot 2-over 74 within the closing spherical to complete at 9-under 279 and claimed her long-awaited victory.

“There have been undoubtedly nerves,” Khang mentioned. “I used to be shaking signing my scorecard. I triple-checked that scorecard to verify every thing was appropriate and we did signal.”

Lee wanted to complete thirteenth to earn one of many seven computerized qualifying spots for the U.S. staff. She simply missed a birdie on 18 to shoot 70 within the closing spherical, leaving her eleventh at 2 beneath with a number of gamers nonetheless on the course.

After an almost hourlong wait, Lee tied for thirteenth, incomes a spot within the Sept. 22-24 matches in Spain.

“I’ve been enjoying actually stable golf, and this course requires hitting fairways and hitting greens, making an attempt to make as many birdies as potential,” Lee mentioned. “I simply tried to remain actually affected person on the market and put a stable spherical collectively in the present day.”

Lexi Thompson earned the eighth U.S. Solheim Cup spot primarily based on world rankings regardless of lacking the reduce by eight pictures.

The ultimate spot will come right down to former Stanford star Rose Zhang, Angel Yin and Ally Ewing. Zhang and Yin had been forward of Ewing on this planet rankings heading into the match, however Ewing completed tied for twenty second, whereas they tied for forty first.

Lilia Vu, winner of the Chevron Championship and AIG Ladies’s Open, and U.S. Open champion Allisen Corpuz had Solheim Cup spots locked up earlier than the CPKG Ladies’s Open. So did Khang and Nelly Korda.

Jennifer Kupcho completed tied for thirty sixth and Danielle Kang tied for 59th to spherical out the top-seven qualifiers. U.S. captain Stacy Lewis will make the ultimate three picks on Monday.

Lee’s end created a ripple impact on the Solheim Cup standings.

Thompson dropped to eighth on the U.S. Solheim Cup factors checklist, however nonetheless made the staff because the third-highest ranked American at No. 21 on this planet.

Thompson certified totally on factors earned throughout a 2022 season that included 4 runner-up finishes — one on the KMPG Ladies’s PGA Championship. She’s made the reduce twice in 9 tournaments this yr and, at No. 157 on the LPGA factors checklist, will probably lose her full-time LPGA card for subsequent season.

“Golf is such a person sport it helps to have somebody with expertise to assist out and work together with the opposite gamers,” Thompson advised Golf Digest earlier within the week. “I hope to deliver power and willpower, too, and being there for the opposite ladies.”

Ko began the day 5 pictures again and rallied to tie Khang with a birdie on No. 16.

Main by one after Khang’s bogey at 17, Ko hit her tee shot on No. 18 alongside the tree line to the appropriate, however bought up and down from the tough for par to complete at 9 beneath. Khang then hit her method shot on the par-4 18th to 4 ft, giving a brief fist pump after sinking the putt to power the playoff.

“I didn’t count on I might play within the playoff, as a result of (I used to be) 5 pictures behind Megan, however I do know if I bought plenty of birdies it could be likelihood to win,” Ko mentioned.

Ruoning Yin shot 66 to complete third at 7 beneath.