LPGA Tour

Blue Bay LPGA 2018

November 07-10

Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course, Hainan Island, China

$2,100,000

November 07-10

Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course, Hainan Island, China

$2,100,000

Round 4

Gaby Lopez wins first LPGA title in China

November 10, 2018

One day after celebrating her 25th birthday with a hole in one, Gaby Lopez went one better, carding a final-round 73 and earning her first LPGA victory at the 2018 Blue Bay LPGA with a final score of 8-under 280. The native of Mexico City, who yesterday celebrated her 25th birthday, earned a one-stroke win over Rolex Rankings No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn at -7, with a surging Celine Boutier finishing third at -6.

Playing in the final group with Jutanugarn and World No. 2 Sung Hyun Park, Lopez drew inspiration from the star power surrounding her on the golf course.

“I was just very fortunate and very lucky to have that challenge, to face it, knowing I had to play my best game because they were going to play good,” said Lopez, who is the 10th Rolex First-Time Winner of the 2018 LPGA season. “I knew they were going to hit some great shots and I had to keep up with them. At the same time, just tells me that I could be in the same level. I'm working, I'm practicing, and doing lots of hard stuff to one day be up there in the world rankings with them.”

With today’s win in the People’s Republic of China, Gaby Lopez joined the legendary Lorena Ochoa as the only LPGA winners from Mexico. Ochoa last won at the 2009 Navistar LPGA Classic before retiring in April 2010 with 27 LPGA Tour victories.

“Lorena has been my mentor ever since I turned pro. You know, she's been my inspiration for my whole life,” said Lopez, who often posts pictures with her mentor to social media. “I'm just very, very happy that I'm getting another win for Mexico. That's why I wear green, white, and red on Sundays, because I've been dreaming of this moment my whole life.”

Lopez knows that Ochoa is always supporting her, and she also again drew inspiration from the memory of her beloved grandfather, Jose Lopez, who passed away in early October.

“My grandfather introduced my dad to the game of golf and my dad introduced me to the game of golf,” said Lopez with obvious emotion in her voice. “His first passion was golf, and we had a very, very special relationship. I always said that he was one of my top two favorite people in this world. You know, the moment that he passed away of course I was very, very devastated and I was very sad, but I am just very, very happy that now he can see this from up there.”

With her second-place finish at the Blue Bay LPGA, Ariya Jutanugarn locked up her Tour-leading 16th top-10 finish. The 22-year-old Thai won the 2018 LEADERS Top-10 race, which awards the winner a $100,000 bonus, and she also heads to next week’s season-ending CME Group Tour Championship as the No. 1 seed in the Race to the CME Globe.

“I still know I still have a lot of things to improve, especially from the last two days that I know what I should work on next week,” said Jutanugarn, who finished with a 1-over 73 on Saturday.

For second-year player Celine Boutier, it was a week to remember on Hainan Island. The native of Montrouge, France, earned her first LPGA top-10 finish, placing third thanks to a bogey-free 66 on Saturday.

“I actually decided to focus on my own game today and not look at one leaderboard. I didn't really know where I was standing throughout the day,” said Boutier, who reached the LPGA Tour by finishing third in the Symetra Tour’s 2017 Volvik Race for the Card. “I just figured if I wanted to have a shot, I would have to shoot really low, so I kind of knew coming it was going to be difficult.”

Boutier has already tasted success on Hainan Island, having won the 2017 Sanya Ladies Open on the Ladies European Tour. Her final-round 66 tied Gaby Lopez’s third-round 66 as the lowest rounds of the week, and the two shared more than just a score in common. Today was Boutier’s 25th birthday, and Lopez celebrated the same milestone on Friday.

Player Notes

Rolex Rankings No. 136 Gaby Lopez (70-71-66-73, -8)

• Lopez was playing in her third Blue Bay LPGA, with a best finish of T18 in 2016

• She hit 12 of 14 fairways and nine of 18 greens, with 28 putts

• This was Lopez’s 23rd event of the 2018 season; she finished T10 at the LPGA Volvik Championship for her only top-10 of the year

Rolex Rankings No. 1 Ariya Jutanugarn (69-68-71-73, -7)

• Jutanguarn was playing in her fourth Blue Bay LPGA, with a best finish of third in 2016

• She hit nine of 14 fairways and 11 of 18 greens, with 29 putts

• This was Jutanugarn’s 27th event of the 2018 season; she has wins at the Kingsmill Championship presented by GEICO, U.S. Women’s Open and Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, as well as 12 other top-10 finishes

• Jutanugarn has already clinched 2018 Rolex Player of the Year honors, as well as the Money Title and the LEADERS Top 10s competition

Rolex Rankings No. 150 Celine Boutier (71-72-73-66, -6)

• Boutier was playing in her first Blue Bay LPGA

• Her final-round 66 is tied for the second-lowest 18-hole score of the LPGA career; she shot a 63 in the third round of the 2018 Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic

• Her 282 is the third-lowest 72-hole score of her LPGA career

• She hit 12 of 14 fairways and 12 of 18 greens, with 24 putts

• This is Boutier’s 24th event of the 2018 season and the first top-10 finish of her LPGA career

 

CME Group Cares Weekends is a season-long charitable giving program that turns eagles into donations. For each eagle recorded during weekend play (Saturday and Sunday) throughout the 2018 LPGA Tour season, CME Group donates $1,000 to the program’s total donation count. At the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship, the stakes are even higher, as the donation has been raised to a generous $5,000 per eagle. The money raised will go toward a charitable pool and be split evenly between Wounded Warrior Project® and Bright Pink®.

The weekend at the Blue Bay LPGA saw nine eagles, which translates to $9,000. Overall, the program has raised $293,000 in 2018.

Quick Hits

Danielle Kang (T4, -5) was the leading American player, followed by Jennifer Song (sixth, -3)

Defending champion Shanshan Feng (ninth, -1) lead the contingent of 21 Chinese players

Ying Luo withdrew after two holes of her fourth round, citing injury

Yifan Ji (a) withdrew after eight holes of her fourth round, with no reason given

Pos.
Player
Scores
Total
To Par
Prize Money
1
Gaby Lopez
70 - 71 - 66 - 73
280
-8
$315,000
2
Ariya Jutanugarn
69 - 68 - 71 - 73
281
-7
$192,103
3
Celine Boutier
71 - 72 - 73 - 66
282
-6
$139,357
T4
Danielle Kang
72 - 74 - 69 - 68
283
-5
$97,287
T4
Sei Young Kim
73 - 71 - 68 - 71
283
-5
$97,287
6
Jennifer Song
70 - 71 - 72 - 72
285
-3
$70,993
T7
Moriya Jutanugarn
70 - 71 - 74 - 71
286
-2
$55,743
T7
Sung Hyun Park
73 - 72 - 67 - 74
286
-2
$55,743
9
Shanshan Feng
75 - 72 - 72 - 68
287
-1
$46,804
T10
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
70 - 76 - 69 - 73
288
E
$41,018
T10
Chella Choi
70 - 72 - 72 - 74
288
E
$41,018
T12
Yu Liu
72 - 72 - 76 - 69
289
1
$35,653
T12
Jaye Marie Green
71 - 75 - 71 - 72
289
1
$35,653
14
Xiyu Lin
72 - 74 - 75 - 69
290
2
$32,394
T15
Sarah Jane Smith
75 - 73 - 74 - 69
291
3
$28,888
T15
Madelene Sagstrom
77 - 76 - 67 - 71
291
3
$28,888
T15
Hannah Green
74 - 77 - 69 - 71
291
3
$28,888
T18
Caroline Masson
73 - 76 - 70 - 73
292
4
$24,664
T18
Dani Holmqvist
71 - 78 - 70 - 73
292
4
$24,664
T18
Mi Hyang Lee
72 - 75 - 72 - 73
292
4
$24,664
T18
Ashleigh Buhai
73 - 75 - 69 - 75
292
4
$24,664
T22
Kris Tamulis
74 - 73 - 73 - 73
293
5
$21,272
T22
Hee Young Park
75 - 71 - 74 - 73
293
5
$21,272
T22
Su Oh
72 - 74 - 74 - 73
293
5
$21,272
T22
Simin Feng
75 - 72 - 70 - 76
293
5
$21,272
T26
Yunjie Zhang
73 - 77 - 73 - 71
294
6
$17,234
T26
Maria Torres
75 - 74 - 74 - 71
294
6
$17,234
T26
Pornanong Phatlum
76 - 72 - 74 - 72
294
6
$17,234
T26
Bronte Law
74 - 73 - 73 - 74
294
6
$17,234
T26
Azahara Munoz
74 - 73 - 73 - 74
294
6
$17,234
T26
Mohan Du
71 - 78 - 68 - 77
294
6
$17,234
T26
Amy Olson
73 - 73 - 71 - 77
294
6
$17,234
T33
Alena Sharp
69 - 76 - 75 - 75
295
7
$14,303
T33
Amy Yang
74 - 72 - 73 - 76
295
7
$14,303
T35
Jane Park
75 - 71 - 77 - 73
296
8
$12,411
T35
Tiffany Joh
73 - 74 - 75 - 74
296
8
$12,411
T35
Weiwei Zhang
74 - 69 - 78 - 75
296
8
$12,411
T35
Benyapa Niphatsophon
70 - 76 - 74 - 76
296
8
$12,411
T35
Cydney Clanton
72 - 75 - 71 - 78
296
8
$12,411
T40
Mina Harigae
76 - 77 - 73 - 71
297
9
$10,097
T40
Jing Yan
73 - 79 - 73 - 72
297
9
$10,097
T40
Wei-Ling Hsu
73 - 76 - 76 - 72
297
9
$10,097
T40
Hyo Joo Kim
75 - 76 - 69 - 77
297
9
$10,097
T40
Brianna Do
76 - 73 - 71 - 77
297
9
$10,097
T45
Mirim Lee
79 - 70 - 75 - 74
298
10
$8,151
T45
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
77 - 73 - 73 - 75
298
10
$8,151
T45
Ayako Uehara
75 - 75 - 71 - 77
298
10
$8,151
T45
Peiyun Chien
73 - 76 - 72 - 77
298
10
$8,151
T45
Thidapa Suwannapura
68 - 75 - 78 - 77
298
10
$8,151
T45
Haeji Kang
75 - 76 - 69 - 78
298
10
$8,151
T51
Yuting Shi
74 - 77 - 74 - 74
299
11
$7,047
T51
Wenbo Liu
72 - 79 - 72 - 76
299
11
$7,047
T53
Beatriz Recari
73 - 82 - 73 - 72
300
12
$6,415
T53
Megan Khang
73 - 78 - 74 - 75
300
12
$6,415
T53
Ruixin Liu
73 - 76 - 72 - 79
300
12
$6,415
T53
Hexi Yuan
74 - 74 - 71 - 81
300
12
$6,415
T57
Mariah Stackhouse
74 - 79 - 75 - 73
301
13
$5,575
T57
Morgan Pressel
78 - 74 - 74 - 75
301
13
$5,575
T57
Angel Yin
71 - 78 - 77 - 75
301
13
$5,575
T57
Celine Herbin
73 - 75 - 76 - 77
301
13
$5,575
61
Brittany Marchand
72 - 75 - 77 - 78
302
14
$5,154
T62
Christina Kim
75 - 79 - 74 - 75
303
15
$4,943
T62
Sakura Yokomine
73 - 74 - 79 - 77
303
15
$4,943
T62
Yue Ren
75 - 72 - 73 - 83
303
15
$4,943
T65
Mi Jung Hur
81 - 78 - 77 - 68
304
16
$4,628
T65
Daniela Darquea
79 - 78 - 74 - 73
304
16
$4,628
T65
Nicole Broch Larsen
76 - 77 - 73 - 78
304
16
$4,628
T65
Lei Ye (a)
78 - 77 - 70 - 79
304
16
$0
69
Lee-Anne Pace
81 - 76 - 73 - 75
305
17
$4,417
70
Wichanee Meechai
83 - 77 - 77 - 69
306
18
$4,312
T71
Xiang Sui
77 - 81 - 72 - 77
307
19
$4,181
T71
Yuli Shi
74 - 77 - 79 - 77
307
19
$4,181
73
Jiayun Li
80 - 77 - 76 - 75
308
20
$4,101
74
Mariajo Uribe
77 - 83 - 73 - 77
310
22
$4,049
75
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
78 - 76 - 78 - 79
311
23
$3,996
76
Aditi Ashok
80 - 79 - 80 - 75
314
26
$3,948
77
Yan Liu
78 - 78 - 79 - 80
315
27
$3,898
78
Jienalin Zhang
77 - 77 - 78 - 85
317
29
$3,849
79
Yifan Ji (a)
78 - 74 - 75
$0
80
Ying Luo
79 - 81 - 78
$0
81
Sandra Gal
76
$0
Pos.
Player
Scores
Total
To Par
1
Gaby Lopez
70 - 71 - 66 - 73
280
-8
2
Ariya Jutanugarn
69 - 68 - 71 - 73
281
-7
3
Celine Boutier
71 - 72 - 73 - 66
282
-6
T4
Danielle Kang
72 - 74 - 69 - 68
283
-5
T4
Sei Young Kim
73 - 71 - 68 - 71
283
-5
6
Jennifer Song
70 - 71 - 72 - 72
285
-3
T7
Moriya Jutanugarn
70 - 71 - 74 - 71
286
-2
T7
Sung Hyun Park
73 - 72 - 67 - 74
286
-2
9
Shanshan Feng
75 - 72 - 72 - 68
287
-1
T10
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
70 - 76 - 69 - 73
288
E
T10
Chella Choi
70 - 72 - 72 - 74
288
E
T12
Yu Liu
72 - 72 - 76 - 69
289
1
T12
Jaye Marie Green
71 - 75 - 71 - 72
289
1
14
Xiyu Lin
72 - 74 - 75 - 69
290
2
T15
Sarah Jane Smith
75 - 73 - 74 - 69
291
3
T15
Madelene Sagstrom
77 - 76 - 67 - 71
291
3
T15
Hannah Green
74 - 77 - 69 - 71
291
3
T18
Caroline Masson
73 - 76 - 70 - 73
292
4
T18
Dani Holmqvist
71 - 78 - 70 - 73
292
4
T18
Mi Hyang Lee
72 - 75 - 72 - 73
292
4
T18
Ashleigh Buhai
73 - 75 - 69 - 75
292
4
T22
Kris Tamulis
74 - 73 - 73 - 73
293
5
T22
Hee Young Park
75 - 71 - 74 - 73
293
5
T22
Su Oh
72 - 74 - 74 - 73
293
5
T22
Simin Feng
75 - 72 - 70 - 76
293
5
T26
Yunjie Zhang
73 - 77 - 73 - 71
294
6
T26
Maria Torres
75 - 74 - 74 - 71
294
6
T26
Pornanong Phatlum
76 - 72 - 74 - 72
294
6
T26
Bronte Law
74 - 73 - 73 - 74
294
6
T26
Azahara Munoz
74 - 73 - 73 - 74
294
6
T26
Mohan Du
71 - 78 - 68 - 77
294
6
T26
Amy Olson
73 - 73 - 71 - 77
294
6
T33
Alena Sharp
69 - 76 - 75 - 75
295
7
T33
Amy Yang
74 - 72 - 73 - 76
295
7
T35
Jane Park
75 - 71 - 77 - 73
296
8
T35
Tiffany Joh
73 - 74 - 75 - 74
296
8
T35
Weiwei Zhang
74 - 69 - 78 - 75
296
8
T35
Benyapa Niphatsophon
70 - 76 - 74 - 76
296
8
T35
Cydney Clanton
72 - 75 - 71 - 78
296
8
T40
Mina Harigae
76 - 77 - 73 - 71
297
9
T40
Jing Yan
73 - 79 - 73 - 72
297
9
T40
Wei-Ling Hsu
73 - 76 - 76 - 72
297
9
T40
Hyo Joo Kim
75 - 76 - 69 - 77
297
9
T40
Brianna Do
76 - 73 - 71 - 77
297
9
T45
Mirim Lee
79 - 70 - 75 - 74
298
10
T45
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
77 - 73 - 73 - 75
298
10
T45
Ayako Uehara
75 - 75 - 71 - 77
298
10
T45
Peiyun Chien
73 - 76 - 72 - 77
298
10
T45
Thidapa Suwannapura
68 - 75 - 78 - 77
298
10
T45
Haeji Kang
75 - 76 - 69 - 78
298
10
T51
Yuting Shi
74 - 77 - 74 - 74
299
11
T51
Wenbo Liu
72 - 79 - 72 - 76
299
11
T53
Beatriz Recari
73 - 82 - 73 - 72
300
12
T53
Megan Khang
73 - 78 - 74 - 75
300
12
T53
Ruixin Liu
73 - 76 - 72 - 79
300
12
T53
Hexi Yuan
74 - 74 - 71 - 81
300
12
T57
Mariah Stackhouse
74 - 79 - 75 - 73
301
13
T57
Morgan Pressel
78 - 74 - 74 - 75
301
13
T57
Angel Yin
71 - 78 - 77 - 75
301
13
T57
Celine Herbin
73 - 75 - 76 - 77
301
13
61
Brittany Marchand
72 - 75 - 77 - 78
302
14
T62
Christina Kim
75 - 79 - 74 - 75
303
15
T62
Sakura Yokomine
73 - 74 - 79 - 77
303
15
T62
Yue Ren
75 - 72 - 73 - 83
303
15
T65
Mi Jung Hur
81 - 78 - 77 - 68
304
16
T65
Daniela Darquea
79 - 78 - 74 - 73
304
16
T65
Nicole Broch Larsen
76 - 77 - 73 - 78
304
16
T65
Lei Ye (a)
78 - 77 - 70 - 79
304
16
69
Lee-Anne Pace
81 - 76 - 73 - 75
305
17
70
Wichanee Meechai
83 - 77 - 77 - 69
306
18
T71
Xiang Sui
77 - 81 - 72 - 77
307
19
T71
Yuli Shi
74 - 77 - 79 - 77
307
19
73
Jiayun Li
80 - 77 - 76 - 75
308
20
74
Mariajo Uribe
77 - 83 - 73 - 77
310
22
75
Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
78 - 76 - 78 - 79
311
23
76
Aditi Ashok
80 - 79 - 80 - 75
314
26
77
Yan Liu
78 - 78 - 79 - 80
315
27
78
Jienalin Zhang
77 - 77 - 78 - 85
317
29
79
Yifan Ji (a)
78 - 74 - 75
80
Ying Luo
79 - 81 - 78
81
Sandra Gal
76