Cheyenne Knight wins 1st LPGA tour title at home in Texas

Cheyenne Knight wins 1st LPGA tour title at home in Texas

Cheyenne Knight wins 1st LPGA tour title at home in Texas

Aditi Ashok endured a hard Sunday, posting 75 in the final round.

First-round leader Stephanie Meadow was 8 under, following her opening 63 with a 71.

Cheyenne Knight won her first LPGA Tour title in what she figured would be her last event of a tough rookie season, closing with a 5-under 67 for a two-shot victory before home support in Texas at the Volunteers of America Classic.

"It's incredible", Knight said.

The 22-year-old was in tears even before players rushed onto the 18th green at Old American Golf Club and sprayed her with champagne and water.

She grew up about an hour's drive away in Aledo, Texas.

Knight dedicated the win to her brother Brandon, who was killed in a vehicle crash in 2008. Instead, she pulled ahead of Jaye Marie Green and made a key birdie on the 17th hole to stay in front at Old American Golf Club.

"I know I can win, I did it on Symetra and I did it in Ireland a couple weeks ago", Meadow said.

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Trailing by two strokes after the eighth hole, Knight had back-to-back birdies on 9 and 10.

Needing birdie to have any chance, Altomare gunned her putt about 6 feet and missed the next one, taking bogey to clear the way for Knight. "I know I can handle myself".

Green began the fourth round with the lead and still had a one shot lead through 10 holes until she made back-to-back bogeys on the 11th and 12th. With a runner-up finish, Green moved to No. 48 in the Race to CME Globe and will be eligible for Asia event, which do not have cuts.

Georgia Hall (68) also was 6 under with Caroline Hedwall (67), Jane Park (67) and Wei-Ling Hsu (68).

Without a top-25 finish all year, and no recent form to speak of, Knight started the final full-field event of the year knowing a strong result was needed to keep her card for next year.

In the process Knight became only the third USA player to win an individual event on the circuit this year. "I think you have to do that here. But it didn't, and I was happy with how things went". "To win this means everything, knowing I can persevere".

Meadow punched the air in delight as her birdie putt on the 18th dropped into the hole.

The Top 100 players on the money list retain their tour standing for the following season.

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