Ranked 304th in the world, the 27-year-old German almost gave up the match without winning either the LPGA Tour or the Ladies European Tour. She sobbed with happiness as she held the trophy in the air at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland.
Besides the moving victory, Popov came home with a check for $ 675,000 after hitting a par 68 of three under.
“There have been a lot of difficulties over the past six years and I was just happy I was able to overcome it,” she said after her victory. “I almost stopped playing last year, thank goodness I didn’t.”
Popov was in the lead going into the final day and held his cool to hold his closest competition to Jasmine Suwannapura and Minjee Lee.
“ I was doing so many good shots ”
In addition to participating in a pandemic, golfers have been tested to their limits in Scotland this week with three consecutive days of storms.
However, conditions had set in when the German sank her final putt.
“I was always the player who liked not to lead and come from a few positions behind,” said Popov, who caddied for a friend at a recent LPGA Tour event.
“Indoors I felt like I was doing so many good shots the past three days and I had this belief in this round that no matter what was going on today, I was still able to birdies. to my boyfriend for keeping me calm. “