Japanese teenager Tsubasa Kajitani gained the 2021 Augusta Nationwide Girls’s Newbie after beating America’s Emilia Migliaccio on the primary gap of a sudden-death play-off.
Kajitani, 17, who was twenty sixth on the earth beginner rankings earlier than the match, entered the ultimate spherical at Augusta Nationwide tied for fifth. And her hopes of victory appeared slim after she made a bogey on the par-three fourth, however she bounced again with birdies on the eighth, 14th and fifteenth.
However she bumped into hassle with a three-putt double-bogey on the par-four seventeenth and thought that her hopes might have been dashed with three teams nonetheless out on the course. However these gamers discovered their very own hassle on Augusta’s fabled again 9, and a closing par-72 spherical proved adequate to drive the play-off with Migliaccio, a senior at Wake Forest College in North Carolina, who closed with a two-under par 70.
Kajitani, who shot rounds of 73 and 72 within the opening two rounds at Champions Retreat, sealed her success within the first gap of the play-off with a gutsy two-putt par from 45 toes on Augusta’s 18th inexperienced.
Six gamers – Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, Rachel Heck, Emma Spitz, Karen Fredgaard and second-round co-leaders Ingrid Lindblad and Rose Zhang – tied for third place, one stroke behind Kajitani and Migliaccio.
Reflecting on her shock success, Kajitani mentioned: “To be trustworthy, after I got here to the States, I didn’t count on that I used to be going to win the match. Then, day-by-day, I gained in confidence after which I gained the match.”
Solely 30 gamers progressed by means of to the ultimate spherical at Augusta. Northern Eire’s Olivia Mehaffey faired better of the UK starters, ending tied ninth on three over par, whereas Surrey’s Annabel Fuller completed tied twenty second following rounds of 72, 75 and 79 to finish up on 10 over.