Jodi Ewart Shadoff becomes the second English player in as many weeks to win on the LPGA Tour, following Charley Hull’s win at The Ascendant LPGA; her English compatriot Georgia Hall finished two strokes tied for third
By Ali Stafford
Last update: 10/10/22 08:33
Highlights from day four of the LPGA Mediheal Championship taking place at the Saticoy Club in California
England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff claimed a long-awaited first LPGA Tour title on the 246th attempt after hanging on for a one-stroke win at the LPGA Mediheal Championship.
Ewart Shadoff posted an under-71 score in a rollercoaster final round at the Saticoy Club in California, mixing three birdies with two bogeys to hold off the chasing pack for a wire-to-wire victory.
The 34-year-old finished a wide shot from Japan’s Yuka Saso, who birdied her final three holes to score a six-under 66, while a day round 65 from Georgia England’s Hall took it to third tied alongside Paula Reto and Danielle Kang.
“It’s kind of surreal,” Ewart Shadoff said. “I didn’t know if that moment would ever come. I’m really grateful to everyone in my team. Last year was really tough. I’m here because of them. I’m really, really grateful.”
Ewart Shadoff started the day with a four-shot advantage but lost ground with an early bogey at third par four, as his playing partner Reto followed a birdie on the previous hole with back-to-back wins from the fifth to jump quickly in a part of the lead.
Both players took advantage of the fifth par-five eight before a bogey for Ewart Shadoff at the par-three saw her fall behind on the turn, only for the Englishwoman to level with a birdie on the 12th.
Ewart Shadoff matched Reto’s birdie on par five 14th and took the lead when the South African bogeyed her next two holes, with a tap-in par on the last enough to secure a narrow victory and spark celebrations emotional on the 18th green.
The win is the second in as many weeks for England players on the LPGA Tour, following Charley Hull’s success at The Ascendent LPGA the previous week.
Hall also made a late winning charge when she called a front nine 34 with five birdies in a six-hole stretch from the 12th to close within two of the lead, only to tie the last par five to end the week on 13 cents. .
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Reto hit a 69 in the final round and Kang recovered from a bogey on the first hole to post a five-under 67 to also share third place with Hall, while American Andrea Lee took sixth ahead of Sei Young Kim.
The next event on the LPGA Tour is the BMW Ladies Championship in Korea from October 20-23, although the Ladies European Tour takes place in the United States before that for the Aramco Team Series – New York from October 13-15.
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