EVANS, Ga. – Rose Zhang phone calls it a leading-10 shot of her occupation. She experienced pulled her generate into the rough, approximately into the drinking water, on Champions Retreat’s par-5 ninth gap in the course of Thursday’s 2nd spherical of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. Even with 237 yards still left to the hole and the ball severely over her feet, Zhang experienced no doubt she could pull off the hero shot and reach the inexperienced with a 3-wood.
Not that the worst doable outcomes weren’t filling her brain.
However that was sort of the stage.
“All I was contemplating of was never duck hook it so far left that you might be in the trees,” Zhang claimed with a chuckle. “… I was also wondering about not topping it. So, those are all attention-grabbing imagined processes, but it was required for me to believe of individuals options.”
She then picked out her goal, a Television tower, measured up her strike and swung away. Her ball came out “super minimal,” but it acquired there, rolling up to about 30 ft from the gap.
Zhang followed by jarring the eagle putt to shift into double digits for the 1st time at this championship, at 11 under. The Stanford sophomore would complete the working day with a 7-below 65, breaking her own 18-hole tournament scoring document that she established on Wednesday, to move to 13 underneath, also an ANWA file for 36 holes, and five shots distinct of 2nd-position Andrea Lignell of Ole Miss.
“I’m just tremendous blessed to be in this sort of position,” Zhang stated. “I know that it is really scarce, and I believe that that it can be just one thing that to hold in thoughts that no make a difference what takes place, I am often tremendous very pleased of almost everything that I have attained therefore considerably.
“The job’s not finished but. We continue to have to go out there and participate in a fantastic spherical.”
This Saturday will mark Zhang’s fourth aggressive round at Augusta Countrywide. In her previous 3 visits she shot 75 (as a 15-12 months-previous in 2019), 75 (with a triple bogey at No. 13) and 75 (with a fractured still left pinky toe). The ANWA final-round record is 67, recorded by Jennifer Kupcho at the inaugural celebration four several years in the past.
If Zhang matches her worst score on Saturday, Lignell would have to have to card 70 just to drive a playoff.
Complete-field scores from the Augusta Nationwide Women’s Newbie
As well as, Zhang almost never loses when getting a solo direct into a closing round. The past time she’s coughed up these types of a guide was at the Ladies Junior PGA … in 2019, when she led Yuka Saso by a shot following 54 holes just before capturing 73 and losing to Saso by 5.
“I assume playing with a significant direct is unquestionably distinctive from chasing from powering or even getting one particular or two photographs in the guide,” mentioned Zhang, who has gained five situations this year at Stanford, functioning her job whole to nine in just 16 starts off. “I consider that from my past encounter, it really is just very critical to fully grasp that you have a full subject variety of chasing you, and everything can take place. So, with that in intellect, I’m just heading to consider my best to bring out the most effective that I can do when I’m going out there and enjoying at Augusta, and I feel that just about every gap, each individual score matters.
“With that, I am just heading to perform as hard as I can and test the very best that I can.”
She probably will not likely even need her best, but recognizing Rose, there’s a good chance we are going to see it.