Jennifer Kupcho Claims Maiden Major Title At The Chevron Championship

Despite a scrappy back nine, Kupcho managed to secure her first Major title at Mission Hills Country Club

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Having produced a 54 hole tournament-record of 16-under-par, Jennifer Kupcho was looking to build on that lead further and, following a one-under-par front nine, that is exactly what she was doing, with her six-shot overnight lead increasing to seven.

However, over the beginning of the back nine the nerves seemed to be getting to the 24-year-old, with Kupcho's lead being reduced to just two shots at one point! The American wouldn't panic though, producing a stunning approach at the 15th to regain a four-shot advantage from which she'd close out the tournament.

For the 51st and final time, The Chevron Championship would be featuring at Mission Hills Country Club in California, before it moves to a new venue in Houston, Texas.

Perhaps fittingly then, it was one of the games future stars who claimed the title, as the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur winner picked up a two-shot win over an extremely stacked leaderboard.

Having represented Team USA at the Solheim Cup in 2021, there was one thing that had been alluding the 24-year-old and that was a Major title, with Kupcho producing two top-10 finishes in 16 Major starts.

However, following her rounds of 66, 70 and 64, the American found herself six shots clear of the event's defending champion, Patty Tavatanakit, with her score of 200 and 16-under-par a new tournament record.

Early in the round that six shot overnight lead was soon seven, with Kupcho producing a barrage of lengthy birdie putts to sit two-under-par through seven holes. Despite a bogey at the eighth, the American was still six shots clear going into the back nine, with her display on the greens really separating her from the field.

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Kupcho celebrates with Patty Tavatanakit after winning The 2022 Chevron Championship

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But, Kupcho's putter at the start of the back nine soon began to dry up, with dropped shots on the 10th, 13th and 14th being capitalised on by the chasing pack. Specifically, her Solheim Cup teammate, Jessica Korda, who was playing valiantly through back spasms to get within two shots of Kupcho at one point.

Soon though, a killer blow seemed to be dealt on the 15th, with Kupcho sticking her approach to near gimme range for birdie, whilst Korda failed to get up-and-down at the hole ahead. Because of the two shot swing, Kupcho soon had a four-shot advantage and breathing space with a handful of holes left to play.

And, despite a bogey-bogey finish, the win was Kupcho's, with the victory making her the final ever winner of The Chevron Championship at Mission Hills Country Club, plus the last ever leaper into Poppie's Pond, a tradition that started back in 1988 and had stayed ever since.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x