Lottie Woad wins the women's Masters in Us

And now it's time for the big names in men's golf. At Augusta, from April 11th to 14th, The Masters, the first Major of 2024, will take place. Among the many champions on the field, Tiger Woods will also be competing

by Andrea Gussoni
SHARE
Lottie Woad wins the women's Masters in Us
© Getty Images Sport - Warren Little / Staff

The Women's Masters title goes to Lottie Woad. In Augusta, United States, the Englishwoman, with a total of 208 (68 71 69, -8) strokes, edged out American Bailey Shoemaker by a photo finish, who finished 2nd with 209 (-7), ahead of Swedish player Ingrid Lindblad, 3rd with 212 (-4), and ranked as the world's top amateur.

On the stage of dreams at the Augusta National Golf Club (par 72), Francesca Fiorellini, the only Italian in the competition, finished 30th with 225 (67 78 80, +9). The 18-year-old Roman, making her debut at the Augusta National Women's Amateur, now in its 5th edition, started strong.

After an initial round closed in 2nd place, she lost ground and paid dearly for a third round in 80 (+8).

Masters, results

The first Englishwoman to triumph at the Women's Masters, Lottie Woad ended the tournament in glory with two decisive birdies in the end, allowing her to beat Shoemaker, the runner-up despite a spectacular final stretch, the best of the day, closed in 66 (-6).

Leading after 36 holes, Woad, a 20-year-old from Farnham and a student at Florida State University, in her second appearance at Augusta (after finishing 13th in 2023), dominated the competition. "I've always wanted to participate in this event; winning it represents something unique and unimaginable," said the satisfied British player at the end of the game.

And now it's time for the big names in men's golf. At Augusta, from April 11th to 14th, The Masters, the first Major of 2024, will take place. Among the many champions on the field, Tiger Woods will also be competing. The tournament was born in 1934 as the Augusta National Invitation Tournament, initiated by Bobby Jones, who was also the designer of the course along with Alister Mackenzie, and Clifford Roberts, a New York investor.

In 1939, the tournament changed its name to the current one, and since 1940, it has been held every year in the first full week of April. The event attracts the best professionals from around the world, as well as amateurs who hold the titles of champion of the United States and Great Britain.

The selection criteria are very strict, even more so than other majors. This results in around 100 participants, compared to the approximately 160 in other major tournaments. Past winners of the Masters are automatically invited, along with winners of the last five editions of other majors, the last three editions of the Players Championship, the top four finishers in each major of the previous year (but the top 12 from the last Masters), the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking from the previous year, and the top 50 from the current year (as of the week before the tournament), qualifiers from the previous year's Tour Championship, and champions of amateur tournaments.

Among the multiple winners of this tournament are Jack Nicklaus, who won it 6 times (the last in 1986 at the age of 46), and Tiger Woods, who won it 5 times (the first in 1997 at the age of 21 years and 3 months, making him the first player of color and the youngest to win in the tournament's history).

In 2017, Sergio García managed to win the Masters after participating in 73 majors without a victory, defeating Englishman Justin Rose in a playoff.

Tiger Woods
SHARE