SYLVANIA, Ohio — Thidapa Suwannapura’s main focus going into the Marathon Classic was to put together four solid rounds that would help her keep her LPGA Tour card.
She doesn’t have to worry about that any longer.
Suwannapura picked up her first win on Sunday, closing with a 6-under 65 and birdieing the first playoff hole to defeat Brittany Lincicome at Highland Meadows.
In the playoff, Suwannapura converted a short birdie putt after Lincicome hit her second shot into a water hazard and scrambled for par.
“I never expect it was going to be today at all. I’ve just been struggling the whole year,” said Suwannapura, whose previous best finish was seventh at the 2014 Kingsmill Championship. “Finally all my work I’ve been doing has come out and shown up today. After I knocked that last putt in, it just felt like a dream come true.”
With the win, the 25-year-old Thai player has an exemption through the 2020 season. She is the sixth first-time winner on tour this year.
Suwannapura picked up three strokes over her final two holes, making eagle on the par-5 17th and closing with a birdie on the par-5 18th to finish at 14-under 270. She then had to wait for the final seven groups to finish. (ESPN/AP)