WASHINGTON: Mexico's Gaby Lopez birdied the last three holes for the second consecutive day to fire an eight-under par 63 on Sunday (Monday in Manila) and win the LPGA Dana Open by one stroke.
World number 67 Lopez outdueled American Megan Khang down the stretch to finish 72 holes on 18-under 266 over a rain-softened Highland Meadows layout in Sylvania, Ohio.
The 28-year-old from Mexico City delivered a bogey-free final round for her third career LPGA title after winning at China's Blue Bay in 2018 and taking the 2020 Tournament of Champions.
"I didn't really bring an attitude," Lopez said. "It was more of creating a quiet space before hitting the golf ball and committing to that before every single ball.
"It's so easy to get ahead of yourself, especially coming down the stretch, but if you keep it in the present, that's when magic happens."
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Khang was second, her best LPGA result, on 267 after a closing 64 with Germany's Caroline Masson third on 268 and US teen Lucy Li, Chinese teen Yin Ruoning and American Sarah Schmelzel on 269.
Lopez, who began the round four strokes off the pace, sank a crucial 15-foot birdie putt at the par-5 18th to finish ahead of Khang, with a scream and fist pump of delight after the feat.
"I knew I had to make it because Megan was going to make hers," Lopez said. "What I thought was I practiced exactly for this moment. I want to be here and I'm just going to take care of this putt."
Lopez shook off short missed putts to birdie five of her last nine holes.