Sophia Popov reveals Lyme disease battle after winning AIG Women’s Open

Sophia Popov says it has been a “long road” to winning her first major after a lengthy battle with Lyme disease that threatened to derail her career.

The world No 304 caused a huge shock as she won the AIG Women’s Open at Royal Troon by three shots.

Popov lost her card on the LPGA Tour at the end of last year and only qualified for the Women’s Open after securing a top-10 finish at the Marathon Classic two weeks ago.

She has also had to battle serious health issues for several years.

“It’s honestly something I haven’t really talked about a lot before, but my rookie year, I started having a lot of health issues,” she said after winning at Royal Troon.

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