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Lopez completes birthday week in style with first LPGA victory

One day after celebrating her 25th birthday with a hole in one, Gaby Lopez went one better, carding a final-round 73 and earning her first LPGA victory at the 2018 Blue Bay LPGA with a final score of 8-under 280. The native of Mexico City, who yesterday celebrated her 25th birthday, earned a one-stroke win over Rolex Rankings No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn at -7, with a surging Celine Boutier finishing third at -6.

Playing in the final group with Jutanugarn and World No. 2 Sung Hyun Park, Lopez drew inspiration from the star power surrounding her on the golf course.

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Lombardi, Duvall and Lau are awarded 2018 LPGA Leadership Academy Scholarships

Grace Lombardi, Bria Duvall and Sophia Lau have been selected as the 2018 winners of the LPGA Leadership Academy Scholarships, which are granted annually through The LPGA Foundation.

Lombardi, Duvall and Lau each received a $5,000 college scholarship and will enjoy a VIP ‘inside the LPGA’ experience at the LPGA Tour's season-ending CME Tour Championship, to be played next week at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida, from Nov. 15-18. All three are alumnae of LPGA Leadership Academies, Lombardi and Duvall having attended in 2016 and Lau in 2017.

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Jennifer Alexander to receive 2019 LPGA T&CP President’s Award

The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) membership announced today that U.S. Air Force veteran Jennifer Alexander will receive the 2019 President’s Award during the LPGA T&CP National Awards ceremony at next year's PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida.

The President’s award is awarded by the LPGA T&CP National President to a member or a non-member who has provided exceptional service, contributions, and/or leadership to the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional membership.

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McIlroy ready to go in Sun City

Rory McIlroy has not given up hope of winning a fourth Race to Dubai title as he aims for two Rolex Series victories to end his 2018 season.

The Northern Irishman tees it up at this week's Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player at eighth in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex, just under two million points behind leader Francesco Molinari.

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Nasa Hataoka wins 2018 TOTO Japan Classic

With a birdie on the final hole raising cries from the throngs of adoring fans ringing the green, riding Japanese star Nasa Hataoka won the 2018 TOTO Japan Classic for her second career LPGA win. Hataoka earned a two-stroke win over Spain’s Carlota Ciganda and Hataoka’s countrywomen Momoko Ueda and Saki Nagamine.

“I'm so proud. I'm so happy to win this event,” said Hataoka, who becomes the season’s second multiple winner. “Actually, I wanted to win this tournament before it began. I am really happy to accomplish it.”

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Justin Rose beats Li Haotong in playoff to reclaim No.1 ranking

Justin Rose defeated Li Haotong in a play-off to defend the first title of his illustrious career at the Turkish Airlines Open, the sixth Rolex Series event of the 2018 season, and returned to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking in the process.

The Englishman also became the first player to successfully defend a Rolex Series title as he overcame China's Li with a par on the first extra hole following a thrilling final day battle at Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort.

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Becky Morgan wins Women’s Indian Open

Wales’ Becky Morgan secured her first professional title with a two shot victory in the Hero Women’s Indian Open. In her 18th year on tour, and after rounds of 72, 72, 68 and 69, for a total of 281, seven-under-par,  she could finally enjoy her moment in the sun.

“It’s taken me 18 years and it’s a mixture of excitement and relief that finally I have done it. I didn’t look at the scoreboard until the 18th green because I knew anything could happen. I knew I was doing fairly well, because I was playing well, but I kept to myself and let it happen,” said Morgan.

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Victor The Great reigns in Foshan

Victor Perez secured his 2019 European Tour card with a dramatic play-off victory over Robert MacIntyre at the Foshan Open.

Several players jostled for the lead throughout the final day but it was Perez and MacIntyre who were tied after 72 holes, with the Frenchman posting a three under 69 and the Scot a seven under 65 to finish on 19 under par in total. They returned to the 18th hole for a play-off and it was Perez who emerged triumphant, holing a birdie after the Scot could only card a par.

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Shubhankar Sharma pleased with debut showing at The Open

Shubhankar Sharma of India rounded off a memorable week after closing with a two-over-par 73 to finish in tied-51st place at The 147th Open at Carnoustie on Sunday.

Sharma, who celebrated his 22nd birthday on Saturday, nailed two birdies in his opening five holes but dropped shots on the eighth, 11th, 13th and 15th holes to end his campaign 12 shots back of winner Francesco Molinari at the world's oldest Major championship.

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