Jennifer Kupcho on Recovering from a Major Hit, Planning the Wedding Reception and Scottie Scheffler’s Bizarre Masters Finish

ByMaria R. Alfaro

Apr 20, 2022

Jennifer Kupcho had 150 unread text messages on her phone after winning the Chevon Championship. Add it to the long to-do list of a newly minted Major Champion and newlywed groom.

Success can be tiring.

“I mean, going to Hawaii, I probably would have opted out honestly,” she said, “but I already had the flights and it’s kind of a vacation spot anyway, so I said I might as well play.

“But I’m still definitely recovering from it. I’m very tired.”

Kupcho finished tied for 18th in the Lotte Championship by at least a week and is at Wilshire Country Club for the first of two LPGA events in the Los Angeles area. Besides golf, she’s still planning a wedding reception in Arizona.

“I do a lot of things like adult life that I do outside of the course,” Kupcho said, “so I think I really like to maximize my time on the course, honestly, I don’t argue with all the other girls. I come here, do my job, and then I leave so I can do all the other things I need to do too.

Kupcho said the biggest perk of winning so far was the Rolex watch she received for her first LPGA victory. She went to a bar with friends on tour after the win and hosted a game night at home. Kupcho enjoys playing cards, in particular.

In Hawaii, the former Augusta Women’s National Amateur Champion kept a close eye on Scottie Scheffler during the final round, handing her phone to her caddy before every shot. Kupcho said she felt more pressure at the Chevron than at the back nine in Augusta, given her big lead. She held a seven-stroke lead over the front nine on Sunday that narrowed to two down the stretch.

Kupho had three putts for bogey on the 72n/a hole and still wins by two over Jessica Korda.

“I could definitely relate,” Kupcho said of Scheffler’s last round.

“I thought it was pretty funny when he put four putts on the last hole. Definitely worth bringing back. I didn’t make four putts, but I made three putts — wait, one, two — no, I made four? I don’t know. Anyway. It was very relatable when he put four.