American Lilia Vu Wins First Major Title at Chevron Championship

American Lilia Vu beat compatriot Angel Yin in a play-off to secure her first major title at the Chevron Championship, taming a challenging and unfamiliar course at the Club at Carlton Woods.

Vu started the day four shots back but climbed up the leaderboard with five birdies – including two on 17 and 18 and one bogey for a 10-under total.

In an interview Vu said: “I can’t even put into words what I was feeling – I was nervous, I was scared, I was cold.”

“I just wanted to hit the putt,” she added.

The 25-year-old American, who was close to quitting the sport just a few years ago, couldn’t hold back her emotions following the win.

She says it was validation for the struggles she faced in her career: “Everything happens for a reason, all the bad things”.

Yin had victory in her grasp but bogeyed 16 and 17 before ensuring a play-off with a birdie at the last.

Vu, who collected her first title on the tour at the Honda LPGA Thailand in February, held her nerve to drain a long birdie putt for the win.

American Nelly Korda drained an eagle putt on 18 to wrap up the top three spots, after missing the tournament a year ago following surgery for a blood clot in her arm.

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