After the finals of the British Open, Sophia Popov started crying when it finally hit her that she has won the championship and beaten everyone against all the odds to become a champion. Popov ranks 394 in the game and has never won a professional event before. Last year, she lost the LGPA tour and went back to the Q-series tour. She again lost and missed her chance sending her to Symetra tour. Popov has been battling Lyme disease. Lyme disease is caused when an infected black-legged tick bites humans and the bacteria get transmitted. She was not diagnosed for three years after which she lost 25 pounds and the game was not up to the standards. At one point, she had questions on whether to continue the game or not. She was qualified for the British Open because she had a top-10 finish at the Marathon Classic. Due to COVID-19, many high ranked players backed out. Under normal circumstances, it would have been difficult for her to win the game. The comment is not on her gameplay but her level to get into the majors in the first place.
Why did Sophia Popov shock everyone after winning?
Sophia Popov is the first female golfer from Germany to win the title. Popov shot 3 under 68 to beat Jasmine Suwannapura of Thailand. With a prize money of $675,000, this is a life-changing victory as this is more money than what she has earned throughout her entire lifetime. She stated during the ceremony that it was a difficult phase for her but she is happy for not quitting the game last year. After missing the first hole which was a 10-foot par putt, she barely made a mistake. Suwarnnapura had four straight birdies from number 4 but could not take the lead. Suwarnnapura ranks 138 in the world ranking. Popov’s game completed one of the most unlikely wins in the tournament.
The British Open is the first major competition in this pandemic disrupted year. Due to the virus, there were no spectators for the game. Winning the game gave her the confidence to play in the upcoming tournaments. The German professional player Sophia Popov has a dual citizenship in the United States and Germany. In 2010, she emerged victorious in the International European Ladies Amateur Championship. She also played for Junior Solheim Cup and Espirito Santo Trophy teams. She played the Symmetra Tour from 2016 to 2020. Sophia also qualified for US Women’s Open in 2016 and Women’s PGA Championship in 2018. The 27-year-old feels an honor in winning the championship. She plans on building more to improve her game. Her ranking was 304 in the world. No one with such a low-ranking has ever won a Major Championship. Her status has only been upgraded and we expect to see more in the upcoming years.