Marina Alex rallies for first win at LPGA Cambia Portland Classic

Marina Alex certainly didn’t look like someone who had never hoisted a trophy on the LPGA. In her 124th tour start, the 28-year-old Alex came roaring from six back to claim the Cambia Portland Classic. Five birdies in a row to close out the front nine gave her an opening 30. She led the entire back nine, though said she hadn’t a clue about her position until after her third shot into the 72nd hole.

“I was trying purposefully not to look at the leaderboard because I think sometimes it just gets me a little stressed out,” Alex said. “I get anxious, and then I think, ‘oh, I have a lead, I need to protect it,’ and I kind of just pretended all day that I was behind and that I needed to play catch-up.”

The tactic brought out Alex’s best. The fifth American to win on the LPGA in 2018, Alex closed with

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