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Sophia Popov returns to Inverness as major champion, Solheim Cup rookie

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TOLEDO, Ohio – The last time Sophia Popov was in Inverness, she carried her best friend Anne van Dam’s bag at the LPGA Drive On 2020 event. She thought about how the course would be set up for a Solheim Cup, but only because she thought van Dam would be part of the squad.

Three weeks later, of course, Popov would shock the golfing world by winning the AIG Women’s British Open. Now one of the top ranked players on the European squad, Popov is looking forward to playing her first Solheim Cup, although she is disappointed that van Dam is not there to share the experience with her.

Golf can be such an unpredictable game.

“I’m here and playing with all these girls,” Popov said, “but I really feel like I belong and I feel like I’m a big part of this team. I think it’s just amazing what can happen. happen in a year, and that’s just very, very special to me.

Six years ago, when the Solheim Cup was held in Germany, Popov was back home as a commentator. She woke up every morning at 5 a.m., eager to get to work.

In 2014, she was hospitalized for two weeks with severe stomach problems that had gone undiagnosed for three years. By the time the Solheim rolled around, Popov was 20 pounds lighter than the year before and was feeling rotten. She was later diagnosed with Lyme disease.

“I think for me, honestly, commenting was that brilliant thing,” she said.

Being on the other side of the microphone made him want to compete in the Solheim Cup even more. This week it is ranked 30th in the world. In May, Popov qualified for the final match of the Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play hosted by Shadow Creek, ultimately losing to Ally Ewing.

The outgoing and energetic player is eager to interact with a predominantly American audience, although she’s not sure what exactly that will entail. She’s just ready to start.

“I think that’s why I also enjoy it a lot more,” Popov said. “There were a lot of times when I didn’t think about playing golf anymore. “