World No. 304 Popov wins maiden Major

Troon (Scotland), August 24

Unheralded German Sophia Popov struck a 3-under ultimate spherical of 68 to assert her maiden Major title on the Women’s British Open yesterday, ending two strokes away from Thailand’s Jasmine Suwannapura. Popov, the world No. 304, began the day with a 3-shot lead however kicked off in inauspicious trend, bogeying the primary gap earlier than bouncing again with birdies on the second and third. The 27-year-old made one other birdie on the sixth and added two extra on the 15th and 16th earlier than closing with a bogey on the 18th — with victory already assured — and completed on 7-under.

Germany’s first feminine Major winner mentioned after the victory that she had nearly give up enjoying final yr. “There has been a lot of struggle over the last six years and I was just glad I was able to overcome it,” Popov mentioned. “I got here on Tuesday and I knew my game was in really good shape.”

Popov, who caddied for her pal Anne van Dam on the LPGA Tour earlier this month, had certified for the Open with a top-10 end on the Marathon Classic. — Reuters

Dustin Johnson wins, turns into world No. 1

Norton: Dustin Johnson made positive he didn’t squander a ultimate spherical lead once more, romping to an 11-shot victory on the Northern Trust Open yesterday and taking again the world No. 1 rating with the 22nd win of his profession and second of the season. Two weeks after coming into the final spherical of the PGA Championships with a one stroke benefit and unable to shut the deal, Johnson was below far much less strain however he ensured there could be no repeat, turning a 5-shot 54-hole cushion right into a commanding 11-stroke victory. reuters

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