Kupcho makes history as first woman to win at Augusta

May JohnsonApr 07, 2019

After pars at 17, Fassi signed off with a bogey while Kupcho finished in style rolling in a long-range birdie putt at the last to seal a comfortable victory in front of roaring gallery that had turned out to witness a bit of golfing history.

While Loy won't be playing in the final round at Augusta Saturday, all 72 invitees have the chance to play a practice round at the world's most prestigious golf course Friday - an opportunity that still rouses Loy despite her disappointment with Thursday's result. The Wake Forest University senior led after 36 holes on 5-under par 139 with Mexico's Maria Fassi, a University of Arkansas senior, one stroke behind.

However, she added: "I've only been in February so the conditions were really different to what I'm going to get the week before the Masters".

Augusta National, which has hosted the Masters - one of the four men's golf Majors - since 1934, opened in 1933 but only began accepting female members in 2012. "I started out well but had a couple of bad holes on the back nine".

Now on a sports scholarship at Arizona State University, on a golf programme that has produced the likes of Paul Casey and Phil Mickelson in the past, Royal County Down member Mehaffey will tee off at 2 o'clock trailing leader and World No. 1 amateur Jennifer Kupcho by six shots.

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"We had a discussion if it was better to have a local caddie tomorrow but I want to stick with our plan I think it is great that he is here, he knows me more than anyone". She had an eagle, 5 birdies, and 5 bogeys on the card.

The world's top-ranked amateur, Kupcho's decision to go with a local caddie was an easy one, although the American laughed she had not yet broken the news to her father Michael.

"For them to kind of make us like Arnold, Jack and Gary, it's a real big honor to be here and hit that first shot", Lopez said. Fassi hugged her when Kupcho hit 6-iron to 2 feet on No. 6 for birdie.

That moment of magic helped turn a two-shot lead into a four-shot cushion, leaving Kim at 12 under with two to play.

"It's just awesome. It's just great to be able to do that", Kupcho said.

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