World No.1 Rose Zhang wins 2023 Augusta National Women's Amateur 

Rose Zhang (Image via Sky Sports)

World No.1 amateur female golfer Rose Zhang won the Augusta National Women's Amateur title on Saturday, April 1. The American golfer defeated Jenny Bae in the playoff to clinch the trophy.

The 19-year-old California native earned the title on the second hole of the playoff after carding a par-4. Bae, on the other hand, made a par-5.

Both golfers finished in a tie at a score of under 9 and competed in the playoff for the title. They made a par-4 on the first hole of playoff. On the second and decisive hole, Zhang bested Bae and lifted the trophy of the Augusta National Women's Amateur.

Zhang started the final round on Saturday morning with a five-stroke lead. Having started with a double bogey, gave Jenny Bae the perfect advantage to get back in the game. However, Rose quickly birdied the second hole to turn the table in her favor. While Bae started with a birdie on the second hole, she made a double bogey on the third.

The game seemingly slipped out of Zhang's hand when she sank three bogeys on the fourth, fifth, and seventh holes. As she struggled to earn the title, Jenny Bae finished 4-over-par 70, to make it to the playoffs.

Zhang managed to take the lead on the 14th hole but with a birdie on the penultimate hole, Bae tied it with her with a scoring deficit of nine.

The Augusta National Women's Amateur tournament came to an end with Rose Zhang registering her victory.

2023 Augusta National Women's Amateur leaderboard

Rose Zhang took the lead at the Augusta National Women's Amateur after the second round by five strokes, which she extended to the last round despite playing a round of 76 on Saturday.

Zhang played a bogey-free opening round with six birdies to finish at 66. In the second round, she made six birdies, an eagle, and a bogey to wrap it up to 65 and take the lead. Although her final-day performance degraded, she still managed to clinch the trophy.

Jenny Bae finished in the second position followed by Andrea Lignell and the fourth position was secured by Cayetana Fernandez Garcia-Poggio. Saki Baba finished in a three-way tie alongside Jiyoo Lim and Hsinchu Lu in fifth position.

Here's the full leaderboard of the Augusta National Women's Amateur:

  • 1. Rose Zhang: -9
  • 2. Jenny Bae: -9
  • 3. Andrea Lignell: -6
  • 4. Cayetana Fernandes Garcia-Poggio: -3
  • T5. Saki Baba: -2
  • T5. Jiyoo Lim: -2
  • T5. Hsin Yu Lu: -2
  • 8. Latanna Stone: E
  • T9. Yuna Araki: 1
  • T9. Megha Ganne: 1
  • T9. Caitlyn Macnab: 1
  • T9. Jennie Park: 1
  • 13. Lottie Woad: 2
  • T14. Monet Chun: 3
  • T14. Gianna Clemente: 3
  • T14. Maria Jose Martin: 3
  • T14. Amanda Sambach: 3
  • T14. Megan Schofill: 3
  • T14. Crystal Wang: 3
  • T20. Antonia Malate: 4
  • T20. Caley McGinty: 4
  • T22. Ting-Hsuan Huang: 5
  • T22. Hinano Muguruma: 5
  • T22. Erica Shepherd: 5
  • 25. Charlotte Heath: 6
  • T26. Jensen Castle: 7
  • T26. Briana Chacon: 7
  • T26. Yana Wilson: 7
  • T29. Amari Avery: 8
  • T29. Emilia Migliaccio: 8
  • 31. Bohyun Park: 9

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Edited by Ankush Das