Tsubasa Kajitani celebrates with the winner's cup after the final round of the Augusta National Women's Amateur. On Saturday, close to one-third in the field of 30 in the final round seemingly had a chance to win on the back nine, and it turned into a fascinating profile in golf survival. With so many in contention—there was a six-way tie at one point on the back—a playoff seemed like destiny. We got that, with Wake Forest senior Emilia Migliaccio, who shot 71, and Japanese year-old Tsubasa Kajitani 72 tying with one-over totals and returning to the 18th tee to start a sudden-death playoff. From there it was over in a matter of minutes, with Migliaccio badly missing the green right with her approach, dumping her third shot into a bunker and making a bogey, while Kajitani deftly two-putted from 70 feet for par and the win.
Japan's Tsubasa Kajitani emerges from the crowd to win Augusta National Women's Am in playoff
Japan Women's Amateur Championship
To enjoy our content, please include The Japan Times on your ad-blocker's list of approved sites. The year-old from Japan rolled in a five-foot par putt at the first extra hole to win the second edition of the event. Kajitani carded a final-round 72 and American Migliaccio carded a 70 as both finished at one-over par. They returned to the 18th tee for the playoff, both finding the fairway. Migliaccio, a year-old who plays college golf at Wake Forest, pushed her approach right of a greenside bunker, her third shot landing in the bunker. Kajitani, meanwhile, hit her approach shot to the back right of the green, her birdie attempt leaving her a testing putt for par.
Tsubasa Kajitani wins Augusta women's amateur title in playoff
Then again, it was that kind of day at the iconic course. The lead changed so many times it was head-spinning. Kajitani was two shots back at the start of the day.
Zhang, who began the day tied for the lead after the first two rounds at the nearby Champions Retreat Golf Club, suddenly stumbled on Saturday with a triple bogey on the treacherous 13th hole. But Zhang then rallied to become one of six golfers tied for the lead with only a handful of holes left to play. For the next hour, the players jockeyed for the lead on the famed Augusta National layout in familiar, if fickle, ways — stunning recoveries under pressure, deft short-game play, steely-eyed putts and the occasional flub. In a surprise ending, after a one-hole playoff, it was a different year-old, Tsubasa Kajitani of Japan, who came from behind to win the tournament.