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At the LPGA’s Palos Verdes Championship, 16-year-old, Anna Davis, was well outside the cut line. However, in a show of determination, just like we saw at this year's Augusta National Women’s Amateur (opens in new tab), Davis produced a stunning eagle-birdie-par finish to make it into the weekend of her very first professional tournament.
Earning an exemption into the event that is taking place in her native California, Davis shot a first round of 71 to sit comfortably inside the predicted cut line. However, for the majority of her second round, Davis struggled, with the American four-over-par through 15 holes on Friday.
16-year-old Anna Davis makes the cut in her LPGA Tour debut pic.twitter.com/UvIWi1ib4GApril 30, 2022
Because of five bogeys and one birdie, the 16-year-old was now multiple shots outside the cut line. As the shadow of a missed cut loomed over Davis, the American responded brilliantly, with a 40-foot eagle putt finding the bottom of the cup at the 16th.
A further gain was made at the 17th, with a birdie on the par-3 being followed by a closing par for a one-over-par 72 and tie for 52nd place going into the weekend.
"I knew that I obviously had to make something happen to make the cut," explained Davis following her round. "I knew that I had to be kind of aggressive going into the last few holes. I then made an eagle, and then after that I was like, okay, let's play a little bit more conservatively so I make the cut, that was kind of what was going through my mind.
"It was my goal to make the cut so I'm glad that I could do that. It'll be cool to play this weekend."
Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
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