Lottie Woad: English golfer becomes first British woman to win Augusta National Women’s Amateur | Golf News

Lottie Woad birdied three of her final four holes to become the first British player to win the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.

The 20-year-old (-8) finished one shot clear of nearest rival Bailey Shoemaker in a dramatic final round at Augusta.

Previous winners of the event include America’s Rose Zhang in 2023, who recorded three top-10 finishes at majors last year.

Woad became the competition's first British winner
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Woad became the competition’s first British winner

Woad started the final round at Augusta National with a two-shot lead but fell behind when Bailey Shoemaker finished off a remarkable bogey-free round of 66.

Then it got worse for the 20-year-old sophomore at Florida State. She played defensively on the par-5 13th, pulling her approach to the top shelf with the pin down below, just as it is for Sunday at the Masters. The three-putt bogey put her two behind and running out of holes.

And then she delivered moments so typical on the back nine at Augusta National.

It started with a 10-foot par save on the 14th when she got up-and-down from behind the green. She holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the par 5 15th, and narrowly made one from about the same length at the next hole.

Woad birdied the 17th with a shot about 10 feet away to the back left pin, and then gave herself a chance with an approach to 15 feet behind the hole.

Woad birdied three of her last four holes to secure a thrilling victory
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Woad took a two-shot lead into the final round of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur

The winning putt was good all the way, and Woad lightly pumped her fist.

“It means so much. I watched this event when I was younger so I always wanted to play in it, try and contend and then to win it was just really special,” Woad said.

“I think the turning point for me was I had a great par save on 14, I hooked off the tee and there was no way of me stopping on that green so went long and eventually holed a 10-foot putt to stay two back.

“I knew coming in there were some good hole locations for me to get at and then managed to hole some nice putts at the end.”

She made a special mention of the support she had at the event. “I had a lot of my family come support me but particularly my nan who’s 85 and she came over from England to watch me. I think she had fun today,” she said.

Woad made sure she did that herself too, saying: “There was a lot of pressure but I was generally having fun. I had a great caddy with me, my England Golf coach, she was kind of helping me stay in the moment and I just enjoyed it.

“Just embracing it really.”

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The Masters is upon us and you can watch all the tremendous action and intense drama from Augusta live on Sky Sports, from Thursday 11th April – Sunday April 14

Wall-to-wall coverage from the tournament begins at 2pm over the first two rounds on Thursday April 11 and Friday April 12, with Featured Group action and regular updates from around the course available to enjoy on Sky Sports Golf until the global broadcast window begins at 8pm.

There will be lots of extra action throughout all four days via the red button on Sky Sports Golf, along with Sky Q and Sky Glass, providing plenty of bonus feeds and allowing you to follow players’ progress through various parts of Augusta’s famous layout.

The notorious Amen Corner stream will also be available and focuses on the famous three-hole stretch from the 11th, while a feed of the fourth, fifth and sixth holes will go live each day as soon as the opening group reach that part of the course.

Another stream covering the 15th and 16th hole is also available for every round, while extended coverage of the weekend action begins at both 3pm on both Saturday April 13 and Sunday April 14.

Sky Sports Golf will show build-up content and occasional live updates from the course before the global broadcast window starts at 8pm for the third round and 7pm for the final day, with early action available throughout via the red button.

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