'Go Card' - Tiger Woods Hails Rose Zhang After Debut LPGA Tour Win

Zhang surpassed Woods in Cardinal history with 12 college victories - and he was quick to congratulate her after she won on her LPGA Tour professional debut

Rose Zhang Mizuho Americas Open
Rose Zhang enjoyed a dream weekend at the Mizuho Americas Open
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Rose Zhang has enjoyed a pretty good weekend – a win on her LPGA Tour professional debut, and a shout out from arguably the game’s greatest ever player, Tiger Woods. All this when you've been a pro less than a month

The 20-year-old held her nerve in a playoff off against Jennifer Kupcho to become the first player to win an LPGA Tour event on professional debut since 1951 – but her day got better and better.

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Tiger Woods greets Rose Zhang and Stanford teammate Rachel Heck prior to the 2023 Masters

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Not only did the former world number one amateur make history in front of her friend and mentor, Michelle Wie West, but Woods was one of the first to congratulate the rising star on Twitter.

“Incredible few weeks for Rose Zhang, defends her NCAA title and then wins in her Pro debut. Go card!,” said Woods, who only uses his social media platforms sparingly.

Woods’ tweet referenced Zhang’s accomplishment less than two weeks ago, when she won her second consecutive individual NCAA Championship. She became the first woman to do so, while her Stanford team then won the team title as well.

During her senior season at Stanford, Zhang surpassed Woods in Cardinal history with 12 college victories. Woods previously held the record with 11.

Woods has been out of competitive action since going under the knife to address post-traumatic arthritis from a previous fracture. But the 15-time Major champion clearly had an eye on the action at Liberty National in New Jersey.

And he wasn’t the only one to heap praise on Zhang. Another Rose, England's Justin, was also quick to congratulate the young star – and she had plenty of other supporters, too, including fellow American, Max Homa, who tweeted: "Rooting for Rose here despite her tie to the private school down the road from Cal."

After her memorable victory, Zhang confirmed that she would be taking LPGA Tour membership, which also meant that she gained CME points and official money from the Mizuho Americas Open.

Michael Weston
Contributing editor

Michael has been with Golf Monthly since 2008. As a multimedia journalist, he has also worked for The Football Association, where he created content to support the men's European Championships, The FA Cup, London 2012, and FA Women's Super League. As content editor at Foremost Golf, Michael worked closely with golf's biggest equipment manufacturers, and has developed an in-depth knowledge of this side of the industry. He's now a regular contributor, covering instruction, equipment and feature content. Michael has interviewed many of the game's biggest stars, including six world number ones, and has attended and reported on many Major Championships and Ryder Cups. He's a member of Formby Golf Club.