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It has been a long time coming but Mel Reid can finally call herself an LPGA winner.

The 33-year-old from Derby held off Jennifer Kupcho to win the Shoprite LPGA Classic by two shots at Seaview Golf Club.

It was the perfect bounce-back for Reid, who squandered a two-shot 54-hole lead in the Portland Classic on her previous appearance on the women’s most lucrative circuit a fortnight ago.

A six-time winner on the Ladies European Tour, Reid now has her first LPGA title – 13 years after she turned professional. 

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“I’m so emotional,” said the three-time Solheim Cup player. “I just want to call my dad, to be honest. After Portland, I wanted to redeem myself and just felt like I handed things a lot better today obviously.”

Reid, who described the win as a “huge relief”, also reserved special praise for her caddie, Ryan ‘Dez’ Desveaux . 



“He really pulled me through today,” she added. “I love the boy to death.”

In addition to securing her first title in the States, Reid banks $195,000, bringing her season earnings to $351,373. 

Her winning score of 19-under 265 set a new ShopRite LPGA Classic 72-hole scoring record, improving upon the previous best – set by Christa Johnson at Greate Bay CC in 1990 – by a whopping ten shots.

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Reid’s win also makes it back-to-back triumphs on the LPGA for English golfers, following Georgia Hall who capitalised on her compatriot’s misfortune in Portland two weeks ago.

The timing couldn’t be better, too, with the third women’s major championship of the season – the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship – coming up this week. 

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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