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After the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur featured one of the great second-nine shows of the last few years on any tour anywhere in the world, expectations were high going into the final round of the ANWA.
Even more so with No. But if was a battle for the ages, this year's return of the ANWA more a war of attrition. Tsubasa Kajitani, ranked No. With Zhang and others surging out in front, Kajitani was silent for most of the day.
She started her work on the par-5 8th hole where she made birdie to get to 1 over, which at the time seemed like it was going to be not even close to enough to contend to win the event. Kajitani continued her march up the leaderboard with birdies at Nos. As Mature ladies Augusta, Karen Fredgaard, Ingrid Lindblad and Olivia Mehaffey started to struggle, Kajitani suddenly found herself standing on the 17th tee box suddenly in complete control of the event. The 13th was particularly unkind to Zhang, who was easily the favorite to win as the No. She lost her tee shot in the woods, hit her fourth into Rae's Creek and made an 8 on the hole.
Though she bounced back for birdie on the next to get back within striking distance, the 8 would prove a costly difference between heading to the clubhouse and playing extra holes later on. But Kajitani ed those who wobbled late. Augusta National, unsurprisingly, has a way of affecting nervous amateurs trying to win the biggest event of their lives.
After missing the green on No. Kajitani made a tough par on No. Nobody else behind Kajitani would catch either of those two. Zhang also bogeyed 17 and was part of a six-way tie for third. All six golfers missed the playoff by one stroke after two straight hours of golf in which it seemed nobody could made a single putt. The playoff hole -- No. After pounding her second shot well past the first playoff hole, Kajitani left her putt to 5 feet for par while Migliaccio left her chip short and in the Mature ladies Augusta.
After a fabulous bunker shot, Migliaccio nearly assured herself of making bogey so the tournament rested on Kajitani's 5-footer. ANWAgolf pic. Kajitani said through a translator that she didn't expect to win the tournament, and she was really happy to be there and to be the second champion of this prestigious event. Though the golf was probably more what we should expect from a cadre of elite high school and college golfers playing a course that melts even the best professionals in the world, it didn't diminish the win for Kajitani, who was immediately overcome by what she had accomplished.
Inwe watched two future professional stars -- both with lo of college and amateur experience under their belts -- do their thing on maybe the best canvas in the world. This year's version wasn't exactly that, but it was no less meaningful, especially for Kajitani. She locked up a five-year exemption into this event which, at age 17, could be usefulthe biggest win of her career and a weekend she will certainly never forget.
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Japan's Tsubasa Kajitani emerges from the crowd to win Augusta National Women's Am in playoff