Lopez Wins Maiden LPGA Crown With China Vic­tory

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MEX­ICO CITY (Dis­patches) - Mex­ico’s 136th-ranked Gaby Lopez cel­e­brated the big­gest vic­tory of her ca­reer on Satur­day when she tri­umphed at the $2.1 mil­lion Blue Bay LPGA in China.

An emo­tional Lopez beat off world num­ber one Ariya Ju­tanu­garn of Thai­land and a late chal­lenge from France’s Ce­line Boutier for her maiden vic­tory on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour.

Lopez carded a fi­nal-round 73 to go eight un­der for the tour­na­ment on the is­land of Hainan -- where wind has been a fac­tor all week -- and a one-stroke win.

She was drenched in wa­ter by her ri­vals and wiped away tears at the end.

Lopez had marked her 25th birth­day on Fri­day by hit­ting a hole-in-one at the 17th hole and grab­bing the third-round lead. Ju­tanu­garn fin­ished sec­ond on seven un­der and Boutier, ranked 150th in the world, was third, a fur­ther shot back, af­ter shooting a sparkling six-un­der-par 66.

There was a tie for fourth be­tween Danielle Kang of the United States and South Korea’s Kim Sei-young.

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