Kupcho makes history as first woman to win at Augusta

Arnold Nichols
April 7, 2019

"It was fantastic", she said. "It's a feeling I can't describe".

The top 30 will play their third and final round at Augusta National just a week before the Masters.

"This is as big as a tournament that you have in your mind, the US Amateur or the Olympics, that you dream you want to win".

"The ending wasn't what I would have liked but it was still incredible to compete at Augusta for the first time", Fassi said.

After the opening two rounds of the 54-hole tournament staged at Champions Retreat in nearby Evans, awed young women, many with their equally-awed fathers on their bags, got first look at the revered layout that is home for the Masters, the year's first major.

Both parred 17 and Fassi made bogey at 18 before Kupcho concluded with a roar-raising 20-foot birdie putt.

"She played a great game".


Friday will be a practice round at Augusta National, even for the 42 players who missed the cut.

American Anna Redding, a senior at the University of Virginia, was the first to tee it up in the final round of the tournament.

Despite that, Yuen said prior to the tournament that she felt "close" to being back to her best in a press release.

"We came into the day kind of trying to figure it out and I was going to decide afterwards but I think I am going to go to a local caddie because they know so much", said Haylee, who sits at one-over, six off the pace. "The other part of what I've been focusing on the last few days from a larger sense - and I think our sponsors have realized this and emphasized this - is focusing on women's accomplishments in general, not just in golf and sports".

Fassi's bogey at the last left her with a two-under 70 and second place, four shots clear of Yuka Saso of the Philippines (69) and Yuka Yasuda of Japan (72).

Opened for play in 1933, Augusta National became the private sanctuary for some of the world's most powerful men and it was nearly 80 years before the club welcomed its first women members in 2012, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and financier Darla Moore.

Pak struck the first ceremonial tee shot followed in order by Ochoa, Lopez and Sorenstam, handling the duties in a similar fashion to how Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and the late Arnold Palmer have done at the Masters. "I feel honored that they asked me to be part of this special group, and I'm going to remember this forever".

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