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Jennifer Kupcho took the final victory leap into Poppie’s Pond on Sunday afternoon by winning the Chevron Championship. The tournament, better known as Dinah Shore, also ended a half-century run at Mission Hills in the California desert.

Six shots up early in the round, Kupcho fired a double on 74 for a two-stroke win over Jessica Korda. The 24-year-old from Colorado finished under 14 for her first LPGA Tour title.

“I’ve been so close a few times. It’s really difficult, but I’m here,” she said after her victory.

The event that began in 1972 as the Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner’s Circle and came of age in 1983 will move to Houston next year after failing to attract a sponsor willing to keep it at its current home.

Seven strokes ahead of Korda and defending champion Patty Tavatanakit at 18 under after birdie putts over 30 feet on the par-four fourth and par-three fifth, Kupcho played the final 13 holes on the four-over. Korda shot a 69. Battling a back problem, she drilled her approach for the eagle on the third par four and shot in the four with birdies on nos 11 and 12. Korda was only two shots after Kupcho bogeyed 13 and 14, but fell three behind with his own bogey at 15 and parried the final three.

Kupcho pushed the advantage to four with a three-foot birdie putt on the 15th, and Korda missed a 12-foot birdie try shortly after the 16th. Kupcho bogeyed the final two holes, putting three the par- 5 18th.

The first American winner since Brittany Lincicome in 2015, Kupcho opened Thursday with a 66 for a share of the lead. She hit a 70 on Friday and 64 on Saturday to break the 54-hole tournament record at under 16. She missed a chance to break the 72-hole, 19-under mark set by Dottie Pepper in 1999.

Kupcho won three years after losing a spot in the event to play and win that week in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur. She also won the 2018 NCAA individual title for Wake Forest.

Pia Babnik of Slovenia finished with a 66 to finish third at 11 under. Tavatanakit, playing alongside Kupcho the past two days, birdied the 18th for a 72 tied for fourth at 10 under with 2014 winner Lexi Thompson (68), second-round leader Hinako Shibuno (66) and Celine Boutier (67).

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