Lilia Vu produced an impressive final day display to secure a six-shot victory at the AIG Women’s Open to win her second major title in 2023.
The 25-year-old American, who the Chevron Championship back in April, had began the final day tied for the lead alongside Charley Hull but Vu produced a sensational five-under 67 including six birdies to pull away from the rest of the pack and end the tournament on 14 under at Walton Heath.
This victory establishes Vu as the first player since Jin Young Ko in 2019 to achieve the feat of winning multiple women’s majors in the same calendar year.
“It sounds almost unreal,” Vu said. “I had a pretty tough run-in the past couple of months.
“I didn’t feel like myself for the past couple of months so I came into this tournament, I sat down with my team and we wanted to be in contention. That’s all we wanted and somehow this happened.”
Hull’s wait for a first major title goes on after a frustrating final day, finishing the tournament in second on 8 under, ahead of South Korea’s Jiyai Shin.
“I feel a bit deflated,” Hull told Sky Sports. “I don’t feel like anything went my way today. I feel like I actually played quite solid, just didn’t really hole many putts.
“Truthfully I want to be with my coach at 10 o’clock tomorrow and I want to work on a load of stuff.
“I feel that I have come close twice in the two biggest majors, the U.S. Open and the Women’s Open, so I really feel like next year is my time to win one.”
World number one Nelly Korda could only conclude with two under par following a round of 74 that left her two over par for the day.
The next event on the LPGA Tour is the ISPS World Invite taking place between 17-20 August at Galgorm Castle Golf Club in Northern Ireland.