Amy Yang has won the 70th KPMG Women's PGA Championship, her first Major, by three shots after a dominant final round performance

Realising a dream can sometimes take a lifetime, which is how it must have felt for Amy Yang. A professional golfer for 17 years, making her 75th appearance at a Major Championship and still dreaming of that elusive first Major win.

The 34-year-old started the final day with a two shot cushion, having to contend with everything that comes with a Major Sunday finale. It was not going to be easy on a course like Sahalee, with other players with equally big ambitions and cooler and windier conditions.

To the outside world, Yang looked poised, calm and composed for the entire round, with a swing that had the perfect rhythm and tempo to ensure that she kept any mistakes or potential mishits to a minimum.

SAMMAMISH, WA - JUNE 23: Amy Yang hits her second shot on the 11th hole during the final round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club on Sunday, June 23, 2024 in Sammamish, Washington. (Photo by Darren Carroll/PGA of America)
Amy Yang - image credit Darren Carroll/PGA of America

A birdie on the first set the scene and whilst playing partners Miyu Yamashita and Lauren Hartlage did get within one shot, double bogeys from them both and a birdie from Yang on the par 4 8th hole opened up the gap which meant that the Major win was in the Korean player's hands.

Not surprisingly there was a final round charge from two time Major winner Lilia Vu, but in the end she ran out of holes to really pressure Yang.

As Yang recorded her fifth birdie of the day on the par 3 13th, extending her lead to six shots. It all seemed that a career long dream was about to come true.

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But... let's not forget that this is a Major Sunday and the action doesn't start until the back nine, or in this case, the final three holes. A bogey on 16, was Yang's third of the day but one she could manage with such a large cushion.

Next, the par 3 17th, the scene of Charley Hull's Major hopes disappearing with a treble bogey on Saturday. A tee shot that rolled into the water was definitely not part of the plan and Yang scrambled to make a double bogey.

A maiden Major for Amy Yang

The lead of six shots had rapidly been reduced to three as she headed up the final hole. If Yang had been flustered by what had happened on the previous hole, she did not show it heading down the last. A tap in par, for an even par round of 72, was enough to win the 70th KPMG Women's PGA Championship by three shots, as a large number of fellow players stormed the green and showered her in champagne.

Speaking after her win, Yang said:

"I always want to win a major and I came close several types, and I started doubting myself if I ever going to win a major before I retire because I've been on tour quite a while. I am so grateful and very, very like happy to win a major.

"I've always dreamed it, and so honored to have it."

She went on to explain that she had felt very nervous and that it had felt like the longest 18 holes of her career. In the end, age and experience, with some positive self talk and her caddie Jan got her through the five and a half hours to win her first Major championship.

A renewed Lexi Thompson

SAMMAMISH, WA - JUNE 23: Lexi Thompson hits her second shot on the first hole during the final round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club on Sunday, June 23, 2024 in Sammamish, Washington. (Photo by Darren Carroll/PGA of America)
Lexi Thompson - image credit Darren Carroll/PGA of America

With only one player, Mao Saigo, shooting a round in the 60s, it was a tough day for everyone. Before I wrap up this year's KPMG Women's PGA Championship, I must mention Lexi Thompson. A Major contender at the start of the day, she was eight-over-par after eight holes, the American would then go six-under-par for her final 10 holes with a long range birdie on the last to finish on one-under-par and tied for ninth. As she put it "a tale of two nines."

If this week has proved anything, it's that you should never give up, you can achieve success, realise your dreams and make your mark in women's golf history.

View the full 70th KPMG Women's PGA Championship leaderboard here.

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