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Mexico’s Gaby López wins LPGA China Blue Bay tournament

The 25-year-old won the event with a 1-over 73 to finish one shot ahead of her closest rival Ariya Jutanugarn.

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HAINAN ISLAND, CHINA - NOVEMBER 10:  Gaby Lopez of Mexico celebrates after winning the Blue Bay LPGA on November 10, 2018 in Hainan Island, China.  (Photo by Zhe Ji/Getty Images)
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Mexico’s 136th ranked Gaby López won her first LPGA Tour event on Saturday when she triumphed at the US$2.1 million Blue Bay tournament in China.

The 25-year-old golfer beat off world number one Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand, carding a final-round 73 to go eight under for the tournament and a one-stroke win.

Jutanugarn had a birdie on the final hole to also finish on 73, while France’s Celine Boutier shot a 66 and finished two shots off the lead.

López had marked her 25th birthday on Friday by hitting a hole-in-one at the 17th, grabbing the third-round lead.

López: “Ochoa is my inspiration”

She is the first winner from Mexico since Lorena Ochoa, who was a driving force for golf in the country.

'I mean, she's been my inspiration my entire life,' Lopez said of Ochoa. 'That's why I'm actually a professional golfer.'

Ochoa was the LPGA top-ranked golfer for seven years until she retired in 2010. She won 27 LPGA Tour titles.

The Blue Bay tournament wrapped up five weeks of play for LPGA in Asia.

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