16-Year-Old Makes Cut On LPGA Tour Debut

Augusta National Women’s Amateur champion, Anna Davis, produced a stunning finish as she made the cut by two shots

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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, 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.

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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 Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x