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Linnea Strom records sixth 60 in LPGA, wins 2024 ShopRite Classic

Linnea Strom records sixth 60 in LPGA, wins 2024 ShopRite Classic

More than four hours after Linnea Strom put a bow on the sixth 60 in LPGA history, she was holding a bottle of champagne.

Strom began Sunday at the ShopRite LPGA Classic in a share of 52nd – tied for last – and vaulted to the top of the board after a spectacular 11-over performance at Seaview Country Club’s Bay Course in Galloway, New Jersey.

With a daunting clubhouse lead of 14 under, Strom enjoyed a leisurely lunch of chicken and tortellini pasta while the rest of the field grinded to catch her.

No one ever did.

Strom’s victory is the largest come-from-behind win by position since Ayako Okamoto won the 1987 Lady Keystone Open, another 54-hole event, after the starting the day in a share of 23rd. After losing her card following the 2021 season, Strom went back to the Epson Tour where she won once and earned 2022 Player of the Year honors. She returned to the LPGA a more confident player.

“I mean, honestly, really did not expect this waking up today,” said Strom, who won in her 99th start on the LPGA. “This is proof that you should never give up.”

It was a banner day for Swedish golf as Linn Grant made some history of her own at the Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed, winning the event in her hometown for a second time. Grant began the day 11 strokes back but pitched-in for birdie on the final hole to edge Sebastian Soderberg by one shot. Söderberg double-bogeyed the last hole.

Grant’s closing 65 gave her the largest comeback on the DP World Tour. The mixed event is co-sanctioned with the Ladies European Tour. Male and female pros compete for the same purse from two different sets of tees. It also gives the two former Arizona State golfers a win on the same day.

American Megan Khang was briefly tied with Strom down the stretch at the ShopRite but fell one back after a bogey on No. 16. On the par-5 18th, Khang hit her second shot long and completely misjudged her third, a chip shot from just over the green, that rolled off the other side.

“It wasn’t terrible being at the back of the green, but just didn’t execute my chip the way I wanted to,” said Kang, whose birdie attempt just missed.

Kang shot 66 and finished one back at 13 under with Japan’s Ayaka Furue (65).

Strom, who made a 12-footer for birdie on Saturday to make the cut on the number, took only 20…


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