A Cinderella story unfolded in Oregon for the LPGA’s Portland Basic as Chanettee Wannasaen took house her first skilled title.
She fired off a bogey-free 63 on Sunday to declare her first title, operating away from the sphere by 4 photographs.
The 19-year-old LPGA rookie acquired into the sphere by qualifying and have become the first Monday qualifier since Brooke Henderson in 2015 to win. It has been a season of struggles for the Chiang Mai, Thailand native.
“I don’t surrender,” Wannasaen stated. “I at all times work exhausting to enhance my brief recreation, enhance my thoughts, enhance my play. I do the whole lot to get a trophy.”
Wannasaen missed 9 straight cuts main as much as the Portland Basic. Nonetheless, she put collectively a few of her greatest golf of the season to lastly recover from that hump. She shot within the 60s all 4 days, going decrease every day. Her 65 on Saturday was a season-low till she blistered the sphere on Sunday.
She made par on her first two holes, then went nuclear. Wannasaen made 4 birdies and an eagle on the entrance 9 to exit in 30 strokes. Coming house, she made two birdies on the par-3 thirteenth and par-4 14th. The rookie had yet one more birdie in her as she solidified her win on the par-4 seventeenth.
“I’ve been ready for the win for thus lengthy,” Wannasaen stated. “I do know I can do it — the consequence just isn’t what I anticipated earlier within the yr. I nonetheless wish to construct that up, and this week, I’ve lots of perception that I can do it. Even for missed photographs or making errors, I do know I can battle again and do higher and principally simply consider in myself extra.”
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