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Lilia Vu wins first LPGA major in Chevron Championship playoff

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Lilia Vu became a major winner Sunday at the Chevron Championship, capping off a wild weekend in The Woodlands, Texas.

The 25-year-old American birdied her last two holes, bringing her to a 4-under 68 for the day pushing her into a playoff for the title. Angel Yin also qualified for the playoff, but on the first playoff hole, Yin’s second shot came up short and left, splashing into the pond.

From there, Vu converted on the birdie putt to take the win.

“I knew on that last putt, all I had to do was just do my routine, read the putt how I usually do and just hit this putt because I’ve hit that putt a million times,” Vu said. “And I knew I could make it.”

Yin finished as runner-up in a major for the second time in her career after she tied for second at the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open. World No. 2 Nelly Korda finished in third at 9 under, rounding out the trio of American golfers in the top three.

Vu came into the tournament ranked No. 12 in the world. She earned her first-ever LPGA victory at the Honda LPGA Thailand in February. With her win in this weekend’s major, Vu takes home $765,000, the largest prize in the history of the event.