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Gaby Lopez survived two closing bogeys to pick up her first LPGA title at the Blue Bay LPGA tournament at Hainan Island, China on Saturday.

Lopez, who turned 25 on Friday, shot a 1-over 73 to finish at 8-under for the tournament, one stroke ahead of top-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn.

Jutanugarn, from Thailand, finished with a birdie on the final hole but fell just short of forcing a playoff.

With the victory, Lopez becomes the first Mexican to win on the LPGA Tour since former No. 1 Lorena Ochoa, who Lopez cited as a big influence.

“I mean, (Ochoa’s) been my inspiration my entire life,” Lopez said. “That’s why I’m actually a professional golfer.”

“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.”

Jutanugarn’s second-place finish was her tour-best 16th top-10 of the season, earning her a $100,000 payday for clinching the 2018 LEADERS Top-10 race.

France’s Celine Boutier, celebrating her 25th birthday, had the day’s best round with a bogey-free, 6-under 66 to finish alone in third place. It’s her first top-10 finish in an LPGA event.

“I actually decided to focus on my own game today and not look at one leaderboard,” said Boutier. “I didn’t really know where I was standing throughout the day,”

South Korea’s Sei Young Kim and Danielle Kang of the United States finished in a tie for fourth at 5-under.

American Jennifer Song shot even par for the second straight day to remain at 3-under and finish in sixth place.

South Korea’s Sung Hyun Park, ranked No. 2 in the world, started the day in the final group but shot a 2-over 74 to finish in a tie for seventh with Ariya Jutanugarn’s sister Moriya.

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