Sophia Popov’s season is going a lot better than it started.
The 27-year-old German just missed getting her 2020 LPGA Tour card. Disappointed, she had to settle for Symetra Tour status.
Now, she’s atop the leaderboard of the AIG Women’s British Open heading into Sunday’s final round at Royal Troon. In between that, a global pandemic hit, Symetra and LPGA events were canceled, she played mini-tour events, and even caddied in an LPGA tournament.
The LPGA resumed with the Drive On Championship in Toledo, Ohio, after having to pause competition for five and a half months due to the spreading of COVID-19. Popov was at the event, but not as a player: She caddied for her best friend Anne van Dam. The following week, Popov got a start at the Marathon LPGA Classic, a surprise in itself.
Further reading — Golf Digest