Jodi Ewart-Shadoff Claims First LPGA Tour Title At 246th Attempt

At the LPGA Mediheal Championship, Ewart-Shadoff became an LPGA Tour winner for the very first time

Ewart Shadoff walks with her putter in hand
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On Sunday at the LPGA Mediheal Championship, we were treated to a feel good story as Jodi Ewart-Shadoff claimed her first LPGA Tour title in her 246th LPGA Tour start.

It had been an exciting final day for the Englishwoman, who has been a member of the Tour for 11 years, as a closing one-under-par round gave her a one shot victory over Major winner, Yuka Saso.

Ewart-Shadoff had began the day with a comfortable four-shot cushion but, with just eight holes gone, she found herself one shot back of South African, Paula Reto, who was four-under-par for her round early on.

However, with a handful of holes remaining, the Englishwoman found herself all-square with Reto, as both traded birdies at the par 5 14th. As the holes ticked by, nothing could separate the duo, with a playoff seemingly imminent.  

That was until a costly bogey at the 16th from Reto gave Ewart-Shadoff a one shot advantage with just two holes remaining and, when Reto bogeyed the 17th, Ewart-Shadoff's nearest challenger soon became 2021 US Women's Open winner, Saso.

Ewart Shadoff hits a bunker shot

Ewart Shadoff has been part of three European Solheim Cup sides, securing victory twice

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The 34-year-old held her nerve though, as Ewart-Shadoff two-putted the 72nd hole for a one shot win and her first taste of success on the LPGA Tour in over a decade.

Speaking after her victory, an emotional Ewart-Shadoff said: "It's a little bit surreal. I didn't know if this moment would ever come and I'm just really grateful for everybody who is on my team because last year was really hard.

"I just tried to take each shot as it came and I stayed really patient. It's a big boost of confidence and this week my putting was the best of my game."

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°

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Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

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

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