The best perk you get for winning a major, according to Jennifer Kupcho

Jennifer Kupcho

Jennifer Kupcho became a first-time major winner at the 2022 Chevron Championship.

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The last few months have been a bit of a whirlwind for Jennifer Kupcho.

The 24-year-old LPGA Tour player, who first gained prominence with her win at the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur in 2019, got engaged in August last year, ahead of her first Solheim Cup appearance, and was married on February 19th.

Just weeks later, Kupcho became a major winner, and the last player ever to celebrate a win at the Chevron Championship with a leap into Poppie’s Pond at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The tournament is moving to Houston in 2023.

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With the win, Kupcho pocketed $750,000 of a newly-increased purse, and a place in LPGA history forever.

This week, Kupcho is teeing it up at the DIO Implant Open in Los Angeles, where she was asked to name the biggest perk of being a major winner.

“I think honestly like one of the coolest things is being able to get a Rolex,” she said. “I think that’s pretty cool being a first-time winner.”

According to Kupcho, this is standard practice on the LPGA Tour for first-time winners.

“It’s part of the LPGA,” she says. “Every first-time winner gets a Rolex watch.”

Pretty nice!

Kupcho, now ranked 16th in the world, says she’s been busy planning a wedding reception in Arizona, and her full schedule has taken a toll. Luckily, she has a remedy for recovery: sleep.

“I think really just sleeping a lot. I’m pretty good at that anyway,” she said. “So, yeah, really just sleeping a lot and really taking it easy off the course.” Editor

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