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Jennifer Kupcho clinches Meijer LPGA Classic in three-way playoff

LPGA golfer Jennifer Kupcho poses with the trophy after winning the Meijer LPGA Classic For Simply Give on June 19, 2022, at the Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Photo by Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Jennifer Kupcho emerged victorious from a three-way playoff with defending champion Nelly Korda and Ireland’s Leona Maguire to claim her second career title at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give on Sunday.

The American got off to a slow start, carding a double bogey on the par-4 third and a bogey on the par-4 sixth. Two birdies and a bogey on the back nine, however, buoyed Kupcho back into contention.

“I struggled a little bit at the beginning, so it tells me I can really come back from it,” said Kupcho. “I’ve always known I’m a back-nine player, and that definitely came into effect today.”

Kupcho’s comeback helped her finish at 18-under 270, matching Korda and Maguire to force a playoff. Korda dropped out of the playoff on the first extra hole after her three-putt par, while Maguire missed her three-foot birdie putt on the second extra hole to secure Kupcho the win.

“I fought my way back on the back nine and snuck into the playoff,” said Korda in her second-straight start since returning from surgery to address a blood clot in her arm. “Unfortunately, sometimes you have it and sometimes you don’t. If you told me I think three, four months ago when I was in the ER that I would be here I would be extremely happy.”

Sunday’s win marks Kupcho’s second career title, joining her trophy from April at Mission Hills.