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Beautiful, brilliant chaos. That was the scene on the 13th hole at Augusta National shortly after 2 p. ET Saturday.
Zhang clutched her driver, made a sweeping practice swing and addressed her ball. A millisecond after she made contact, it was clear something was wrong. The year-old grimaced as she watched her neatly marked Callaway careen directly into the left pines. Not long after, Zhang rode shotgun in a golf cart back to the tee box. Zhang striped her second drive and climbed back into the cart dejectedly. I definitely do think that there was some wrong course management in that area.
Just as Zhang reached the drop area, a murmur rippled through the gallery. The scoreboard behind the 13th green updated to show Fregaard bogeying the 14th and dropping back to one under. Further ahead, Emma Spitz and a little-known Japanese year-old named Tsubasa Kajitani had birdied their way to even par.
With Zhang guaranteed to make at least bogey she would make triplesuddenly four players were vying for the lead. For once, the folks at Amen Corner wished they could be watching from home. And what they had coming next was even better.
Zhang — the presumptive favorite and hole leader — birdied the 14th to move back to one over. Further ahead, Kajitani made a birdie of her own on the par-5 15th to move to one under. Elsewhere, Emilia Migliaccio — a senior at Wake Forest and former teammate of inaugural ANWA winner Jennifer Kupcho — ed her scorecard with a two-under 70 for the day, good enough to make her one over for the tournament and the leader in the clubhouse. After a nervy double bogey on the 17th, Katijani nearly holed out for birdie on No. Instead, she tapped in for par and a tie for the clubhouse lead with Migliaccio.
Zhang would bogey the 17th, then missed a footer for birdie on 18, setting the stage for a sudden-death playoff between Migliaccio and Kajitani on the 18th.The Hottest Moments Women GOLF 2021 (HD)
On the first playoff hole, both players faced difficult long-iron shots into a front pin guarded by steep bunkers. Katijani found the middle portion of the green, while Migliaccio hit right of the left bunker, then hit into it.
A brilliant sand shot from the year-old from Cary, N. Two putts later, Kajitani had nabbed her first amateur victory since the Japan Junior Championship in June I made a good shot, and I got through it. Augusta National had it all Saturday: a huge favorite in contention, an underdog winner, leaderboard jostling, a jaw-dropping finish and, yeah, a playoff. It was not always pretty an over-par winner at Augusta National, how about that?
Our hope and expectation is that this event will further energize those who already love the sport and inspire others through the dream of competing at Augusta National. James Colgan is an assistant editor at GOLF, contributing stories for the website and magazine on a broad range of topics.
Kajitani in the final round. Getty Images.
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