Jennifer Kupcho and Lizette Salas win the 2022 Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational

MIDLAND, Mich. — Jennifer Kupcho and Lizette Salas won the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational on Saturday, closing with a 9-under 61 in best ball game for a five-stroke win in the LPGA Tour’s only team event.

The US Solheim Cup partners finished 26-under 254 at Midland Country Club. They opened Wednesday with a 68 in alternate shot, shot a better 61 on Thursday and took a four-shot lead Friday with a 64 in alternate shot.

“It was amazing to be around Lizette,” Kupcho said. “I think I was a little nervous coming in today just because I didn’t want to let her down. I’m sure she probably felt the same way.

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Kupcho won for the third time this year and in his career, while Salas claimed his second tour title. Kupcho won the Chevron Grand Championship in early April in the California desert and the Meijer LPGA Classic last month in Belmont, Michigan. Salas won the 2014 Kingsmill Championship.

“It’s been a long time,” Salas said. “I couldn’t have done it without her. She is a great competitor, a great friend and an incredible partner on the golf course. We played amazing golf this week. My job was – or my goal was – to play well for her. We showed how our games can complement each other.

They were 2-0-1 as partners in the 2021 Solheim Cup.

“We clicked all week,” Kupcho said. “I think we just have a lot of trust in each other. We make ourselves comfortable. So we just know that, if we’re wrong, the other person has us. It worked very well for us.

Matilda Castren and Kelly Tan (21 under) finished second after a 62.

“It’s been an amazing week,” Tan said. “It’s so awesome that I was able to do it with my best friend, Matilda, and have my best result on the LPGA Tour and also be able to have so much fun in the week. It was amazing. I can’t help ask else.

Former Arkansas players Stacy Lewis and Maria Fassi shot a 59 to finish third at 20 under.

“I think it’s the confidence for both of us,” Lewis said. “I felt like I played the best golf this year and maybe the results didn’t show, and talking to her I think she could probably say the same thing. Just so we both see putts and see shots and do what you’re trying to do, regardless of the format.

Cheyenne Knight and Elizabeth Szokol had a 61 to tie Tiffany Chan and Haeji Kang at 19 under. Chan and Kang shot a 62.

Annika Sorenstam and Madelene Sagstrom, tied for the lead in the first round, finished with a 66 tied for 28th at 11 under.

Sorenstam, 51, made her second start of the year on the LPGA Tour and only her third since retiring after the 2008 season. The Hall of Famer missed the cut last month at the US Women’s Open .

“I think it’s been a great experience, a great tournament,” Sorenstam said. “Dow, the way they support the LPGA is fantastic in this city. We felt so welcome. Everyone is friendly and happy. It is an excellent golf course.

The tournament ended on Saturday so the players could travel to France for the fourth major tournament of the year at the Evian Championship. This will kick off the European leg of the LPGA Tour schedule which includes the Women’s British Open at Muirfield.