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LPGA Rookie Chanettee Wannasaen Secures Portland Classic Triumph

LPGA Rookie Chanettee Wannasaen Secures Portland Classic Triumph

Teenager Chanettee Wannasaen hit a 9-under 63 on the final day to earn a record-breaking four-shot victory in the Portland Classic in Oregon.

The 19-year-old from Thailand, who entered the tournament ranked 367th, stormed away from the rest of the competition in the final round to end with a tournament record 26-under 262 after 72 holes and claim a maiden victory on the LPGA Tour.

This victory means she become only the seventh LPGA Tour champion from Thailand as well as the third Monday qualifier to win an LPGA Tour title and the first since 2015.

“I’m really proud of myself because I really work hard for the trophy,” Wannasaen said.

“I don’t give up. I always to work hard, to work hard for improve my short game, improve my mind, improve my play. I do everything to get a trophy.”

Lin Xiyu finished in second on 22 under after hitting a 64 while third was tied between Spain’s Carlota Ciganda, America’s Gina Kim, and China’s Yin Ruoning on 20 under.

The next event on the LPGA Tour is the Kroger Queen City Championship taking place between 7-10 September at Kenwood Country Club in Ohio.