Sophia Popov, from caddy to win the British in a week

The German (-7), 304 in the world, gave the surprise at Royal Troon. Last week I was caddy for Van Dam. Azahara Muñoz (39th), the best Spanish.


Germany's Sophia Popov, who recently fought on the Symetra Tour and the Cactus Tour of Arizona and achieved her qualification to play at the Royal Troon (Scotland) thanks to her good qualification at the Ohio Marathon Classic earlier this month, He completed his miracle and scored the British Open golf victory in an even authoritative way.

The 27-year-old German entered the tournament in 304th place in the world rankings. She was winless in her provisional career, lost the option to get the LPGA card by one hit and even caddy for Anne van Dam last week. Obviously, being at this Open was his biggest starting prize.

On Saturday, unexpectedly, she climbed to the lead and faced the final day with three shots ahead of the Thai Jasmine Suwannapura and the Australian Minjee Lee, two illustrious. And far from accusing the pressure, although he even started with a 'bogey', Popov knew how to focus and complete his particular miracle.

Remade with three birdies on holes 2, 3 and 6 to complete a magnificent first half round with 34 strokes. He kept his pulse iron, concentration, favored even by the mistakes of his rivals, added other successes on 15 and 16 with which he sentenced his victory. The last hole was his final ride. Without pressure, with the triumph in his hand, he even began to cry before he holed the final ball, which he had left inches away. He closed the Open with a card with 68 hits for a total of 277 (-7) .

Suwannapura was second after two shots, while Minjee Lee closed the podium to four and South Korean Inbee Park was finally able to show her full potential with a 66 to be fourth with 283. Azahara Muñoz could not approach the privileged positions and concluded thirty-ninth with 293 strokes (+9), while Carlota Ciganda finished in 51st place with 295 and Nuriz Iturrioz in 59th with 297.

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