Marina Alex Wins Maiden LPGA Title at Cambia Portland Classic

Marina Alex Wins Cambia Portland Classic at Columbia Edgewater CC
Marina Alex poses with the trophy after winning the Cambia Portland Classic at Columbia Edgewater CC on Sep. 2, 2018 in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Marina Alex overcame a six-stroke deficit with a final-round 65 to capture her maiden LPGA title at the Cambia Portland Classic.

Marina Alex Wins Cambia Portland Classic at Columbia Edgewater CC
Marina Alex poses with the trophy after winning the Cambia Portland Classic at Columbia Edgewater CC on Sep. 2, 2018 in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The 28-year-old New Jersey native finished her final day at Columbia Edgewater Country Club with eight birdies against one bogey en route to a four-day total of 19-under par, four strokes clear of 54-hole leader Georgia Hall, who stumbled to a 3-over 75.

Alex opened with a tournament-record-tying 10-under 62, and closed by erasing a six-stroke deficit – the largest of the 2018 LPGA season.

“It’s been a lot of hard work,” said Alex, who has defending Portland champion Stacy Lewis’ caddie Travis Wilson on the bag while Lewis is on maternity leave.

“I haven’t been in a ton of contention situations. A few here and there. But I really just didn’t know how to handle them, and I learned the best that I can. I’m just really happy.”

Japan’s Ayako Uehara (69) finished alone in third at 13-under par with Australian Minjee Lee, who struggled to a 77, securing the fourth-place spot at 11 under.

American Megan Khang (69) rounded out the top five finishers at 10 under-par.

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