There's a new star in women's golf by the name of Rose Zhang. He was born 20 years ago in California (USA) and is going to make the leap to professionalism after a full career in the amateur world, whose ranking he currently leads with 15 victories in 35 computable tournaments, including the one he achieved last April in the Augusta National Womens Amateur, the tournament for amateur golfers that precedes the men's Masters.
Rose Zhang, results
It was the great presentation in society of Zhang, that she has long been the best player in the American university system. Not surprisingly, she recently became the NCAA individual champion for the second time in a row, something that no one had achieved before.
She did it with Stanford, a prestigious institution located south of San Francisco. The same one for which she played in the student stage of her Tiger Woods, that she only spent two years there and won a title, in addition to victories in eleven tournaments, a record that Zhang has equaled in the same period of time.
Her service sheet does not end there. She has been champion of the US Open Amateur in 2020, was part of the American team champion in 2021 and 2022 of the Curtis Cup, a mini-Ryder that on the European side only involves golfers from the United Kingdom and Ireland, and has already played four of the five professional majors (the PGA is missing), with an 11th place in the 2020 Chevron Championship as the cap.
Before making the professional leap, she already has an invitation to the next British Open in Walton Heath and the US Open in Pebble Beach. She played the event in 2021, when she missed the cut, and 2022, with a 28th-place finish.
“I have great memories of winning the Smyth Salver at Muirfield last year (for 2022) and am very proud to be listed alongside some of the big names on the trophy. The British Open is a tournament I would like to win one day and doing it at Walton Heath would be special.
I am honored to receive a special waiver. I want to thank the R & A (organizer of this major) for giving me this opportunity at the beginning of my career and I hope to make the most of it ”, Zhang assured when she heard the news.
"It is very strange that we award a special exemption for the British Open, but we believe that Zhang's exceptional achievements warrant it," explained Martin Slumbers of a decision that, with the projection that Zhang is intuited, does not need justification.
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