Augusta Nationwide Ladies’s Novice: Lottie Woad wins due to unreal end


You possibly can not script a greater end at Augusta Nationwide.

Englishwoman Lottie Woad, who performs collegiately at Florida State, sat in a tie with Bailey Shoemaker at 7-under par by way of 17 holes.

After discovering the green and hitting a terrific wedge shot onto the inexperienced at 18, Woad confronted a 12-footer for birdie for the win.

Shoemaker, in the meantime, nervously sat within the clubhouse after carding a 6-under 66, a record-low rating on the Augusta Nationwide Ladies’s Novice.

However Shoemaker’s unimaginable day was not sufficient.

Woad drained her birdie putt on 18, echoing Phil Mickelson in 2004, who did one thing related on that very same inexperienced to win his first Masters.

“Good for her. Particularly beneath strain, understanding she needed to do it, that’s superb,” Shoemaker mentioned afterward.

“That’s superior. I believe tremendous clutch. I’m clearly disillusioned, however on the finish of the day, I performed about in addition to I might have. Perhaps a few putts might have dropped. However I made nearly all the things too. It’s what it’s.”

And but, Woad’s play down the stretch drew comparisons to Charl Schwartzel in 2011. That yr, the South African birdied the ultimate 4 holes to win his first main championship by two strokes over Adam Scott and Jason Day.

This yr, nonetheless, Woad birdied three of her closing 4 holes to win by one, however it began with an unimaginable par save on the 14th.

Woad missed her tee shot left however acquired a lucky bounce. Her ball caromed into the green off a Georgia Pine, settling 211 yards from the flagstick. The Englishwoman then airmailed the inexperienced along with her hybrid, creating a fragile up-and-down that she absolutely wanted.

She hit her chip shot about 10 ft previous, giving her a tough left-to-right par putt.

Lottie Woad, Augusta National Women’s Amateur

Lottie Woad eyes a putt through the closing spherical of the 2024 Augusta Nationwide Ladies’s Novice.
Photograph by Warren Little/Getty Photos

Woad made it, giving her a glimmer of hope and a few momentum heading to the par-5 fifteenth.

There, Woad once more missed left, forcing her to put up wanting the pond guarding the entrance of this inexperienced. She then caught her third shot beneath the outlet, establishing an uphill birdie putt to get herself to inside one.

As soon as once more, she made that putt, too.

On the following gap, the well-known par-3 sixteenth, Woad caught an aggressive iron shot onto the inexperienced, once more giving herself a superb have a look at birdie. However she missed her putt on the excessive facet, placing her in disbelief.

But, she nonetheless had an opportunity as she trailed by one with two holes to play.

At 17, Woad, who had some bother off the tee on the again 9, stripped a tee shot proper down the center, placing herself in a fantastic place to make a birdie. She did simply that, sticking her second shot shut and strolling in her birdie putt with the utmost confidence.

After which, at 18, Woad sat in a tie for the lead, understanding very effectively {that a} birdie would give her the win. With the burden of the world on her shoulders, Woad hit an attractive reduce off the tee that discovered the center of the green, leaving herself a short-iron into the inexperienced.

She took an aggressive line, however the transfer paid off, as she finally triumphed in grand vogue on golf’s holiest grounds.

Jack Milko is a golf workers author for SB Nation’s Taking part in By means of. You’ll want to take a look at @_PlayingThrough for extra golf protection. You may comply with him on Twitter @jack_milko as effectively.