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Sophia Popov, Major Championship Winner

It took longer than many who watched her play amateur golfer thought it would, and probably longer than she thought it would, but Sophia Popov is an LPGA winner. And not just an LPGA winner, but a major championship winner.

Popov won the 2020 Women's British Open on August 23 with a strong closing round of 68. She finished at 7-under 277, two strokes ahead of the runner-up Jasmine Suwannapura.

Popov turned pro in 2014 following a stellar amateur career that included five wins while at the University of Southern California. She also won the 2010 European Ladies Amateur.

Since 2016 she has had membership on the Symetra Tour and posted four runner-up finishes there, including at the Founders Tribute earlier this year. That was one sign that Popov was ready to make a step up, now that she's fully healthy (she missed quite a bit of time the past few years due to injuries).

While the Symetra and LPGA tours were on hiatus due to COVID-19, Popov was staying sharp on the Cactus Tour. And she won the April 13-15 Cactus Tour tournament for her first victory as a pro, after which she wrote on Instagram: "My first professional win didn’t come easy. After 5 individual wins in college I thought this one would have come a lot sooner. But better late then never."

Popov won again on the Cactus Tour the following week, posting scores of 61-69-64, that 61 being a career best and that 22-under also being a career low. And Popov won a third time on the Cactus Tour at the May 25-27 tournament played at Troon North in Scottsdale, Arizona. So she won at a Troon in May, then won at the Troon in August.

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