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Ruoning Yin Secures First Major Victory at KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Ruoning Yin Secure First Major Victory at KPMG Women's PGA Championship
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Ruoning Yin clinched a maiden major title and second triumph on the LPGA Tour with a one-shot victory at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club.

The 20-year-old from China, who turned professional three years ago, was sat on seven under alongside Japan’s Yuka Saso heading into the par-five 18th but carded a bogey-free 67 to finish on eight under, above the Japanese golfer and claim the first major of her career.

Yin’s victory means that she has become only the second woman from China to win a major championship.

“I knew I had to make birdie on that hole to win a championship, and I am glad I did it,” said Yin.

“I only missed six greens in four days I think so my course tracking was pretty good.”

Carlota Ciganda, Anna Nordqvist, Megan Khang, Xiyu Lin, and Stephanie Meadow all tied for third on six under. Leona Maguire, who lead the pack overnight, fell down the leaderboard with a disappointing display on the final day which included three bogeys in six holes, finishing in a share of 11th after carding a three-over 74.

Mizuho Americas Open winner, Rose Zhang, finished in a tie for eighth on five under.

The next event on the LPGA Tour is the U.S. Women’s Open taking place between July 6-9 at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California.