Anna Davis, ex champion out due to penalty

Thrills and disappointments at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur in Georgia.

by Andrea Gussoni
Anna Davis, ex champion out due to penalty
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Thrills and disappointments at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur in Georgia. The thrill belongs to Anna Davis, the 2022 champion, who missed the cut – just like last year – due to a penalty. The delight of the 2024 Women's Masters is Francesca Fiorellini, who, despite a tough day, made the cut and will now play the third round at Augusta National.

Master, results

Let's start with the Roman player. In Evans, on a windy day, Fiorellini scored three birdies and nine bogeys, dropping from second to 17th place (67, 78 +1) in the 2024 Women's Masters. Francesca Fiorellini on the second day at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images) Moreover, many mistakes were seen at the Champions Retreat Golf Club (par 72), the venue for the first two rounds of the competition.

Currently leading is Lottie Woad with a total of 139 strokes (68 71, -5). One round from the end, the 20-year-old Englishwoman from Farnham and a student at Florida State University, holds a two-shot lead over Maisie Filler and Gianna Clemente, who are at 141 (-3).

Out of the 72 participants, only 35 players have secured their spot for the final 18 holes, which will determine the champion at Augusta National in the fifth edition of the tournament on Saturday. It's worth noting that the course is the same one where The Masters, the first male Major of the year, will be held from April 11th to 14th.

In the 2024 Women's Masters, it was a day to forget for American Anna Davis, who finished four over par. The cut was set at +3. The fatal blow came from the marshals who penalized her for slow play. The 2022 champion was repeatedly monitored, receiving two warnings (at the 5th and 17th holes) before finally being penalized.

However, there were no sanctions for her teammates, namely the frontrunner Lottie Woad and Maria Jose Marin. The American appeared very shaken by her second consecutive exclusion from the Women's Masters. In 2023, the 18-year-old from Auburn was sent home for marking, cleaning, and placing her ball in the rough instead of the fairway.