August 23, 2020

Sophia Popov overcomes losing her LPGA card, long battle with Lyme disease to win AIG Women’s British Open

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Sophia Popov, a last-minute entry into the Women’s British Open, shot a closing three-under 68 to become the unlikely winner.

“I almost quit playing last year.” That sentence might go down as one of the most unlikely ever spoken during an AIG Women’s British Open champion’s speech. But it’s Sophia Popov’s reality.

A battle with Lyme disease that went undiagnosed for three years and resulted in a 25-pound weight loss, and a game that wasn’t up to the standards she knew she was capable of left the 27-year-old German questioning whether she should continue on as a professional golfer. But Popov instead pushed forward into the 2020 season, believing that this is what she was meant to do. Now, all questions are answered: Popov is a major champion, Germany’s first female major winner, shooting a closing three-under 68 at Royal Troon (for a seven-under 277 total) to win by two over Jasmine Suwannapura.  (See link for article)___________________**Comment**

Popov isn’t the only golfer struggling with Lyme/MSIDS:

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