Ingrid Lindblad felt nervous Saturday morning, on the driving vary and the primary tee, no completely different than anybody else who has performed in the final pairing in a remaining spherical at Augusta National Golf Club.
By day’s finish she completed one shot shy of the sudden demise playoff that determined the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, unable to beat a trio of three-putts on the second 9.
Although the end result wasn’t what she needed after sharing the result in begin the spherical, the sensational LSU sophomore headed again to Baton Rouge buoyed by the expertise.
“My game is really good. I can actually say that,” Lindblad mentioned. “I need to try to work a little bit more on breaking putts. A couple of putts I thought I held it up enough and then you hit it and you’re like, ‘Oh no that’s not enough.’”
She’s hardly the primary to come across an uncooperative putter or underestimate the break at Augusta National, both. There are depraved slopes and spirits throughout these greens.
Still, she trailed by just one shot on the fifteenth tee and, after a mammoth drive and towering strategy, confronted a 40-foot eagle alternative for the outright lead. The first putt blazed 10 toes previous, and she or he missed the comebacker, settling for par.
Another three-putt from 25 toes on 16 dropped her two pictures off the lead however she rebounded with a 25-footer for birdie at 17 to remain alive headed to the ultimate gap.
“I’m very proud of her. She played great out there,” LSU coach Garrett Runion mentioned. “It’s an extremely difficult golf course and a big stage. Lot more people out here than we all thought. That made it exciting with the roars and applause. She was definitely out there trying to win. Could tell by the way she fought and made a couple of birdies on the back side that she never really gave up.”
A closing par produced a final-round 75, 2-over 218 whole and tie for third.
Rose Zhang hugs Ingrid Lindblad on the 18th inexperienced throughout the remaining spherical of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur at Augusta National Golf Club on April 03, 2021 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
It’s one other sturdy end in an excellent season. She has completed no worse than ninth in seven tournaments for LSU in 2020-21, successful the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic in Georgia two weeks in the past because of a gap 64. She’s ranked fourth in the Golfstat particular person rankings.
“Lately I’ve been focusing on trying to just get a good target and swing a confident swing and that’s what I was trying to do today,” she mentioned. “It didn’t always work out. It’s tough out there and I didn’t hit my very best shots, so I’m not surprised.”
Lindblad mentioned it was a deal with to play a course that’s such an integral piece of golf historical past.
“It’s really cool to be here, it’s nothing like it looks on TV. I was kind of in shock when I played a practice round that it looks like this,” she mentioned. “The course is amazing but you need to hit really good shots out there too to get good birdie chances.”
Runion knew Friday his star participant was mentally sharp and centered on the duty of successful a event. When they arrived at the twelfth tee throughout the follow spherical – her first time seeing one of the crucial iconic holes in golf – Lindblad was nonetheless considering her technique off the tee on No. 11, not at all in awe of the picturesque, albeit devilish par-3.
Lindblad can be an apparent favourite Tuesday and Wednesday when she and LSU teammates play host to their Tiger Classic. She hopes to return to Augusta National as properly.
“I want to play in this again,” she mentioned. “Kind of taking it one day at a time right now and you never know what’s going to happen.”