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Lottie Woad birdied three of her final four holes to win the 2024 Augusta National Women’s Amateur at eight-under.

At No. 4 in the world, Woad started the final round at Augusta National with a two-stroke lead and was even-par through the first six holes.

Facing pressure from the field and after a bogey on No. 13, Woad found herself trailing.

The Florida State sophomore birdied No. 15 to move within one stroke of Bailey Shoemaker, the clubhouse leader at seven-under.

Woad followed with consecutive birdies at Nos. 17 and 18 to close with three-under 69 and win by one. The 20-year-old is the first player from England to win the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.

With her win in the fifth edition, Woad joins Jennifer Kupcho, Tsubasa Kajitani, Anna Davis and Rose Zhang as Augusta National Women’s Amateur champions.

What Lottie Woad said

“If I’d been told before this week that I’d be two back with four to play, I would have been like, yeah, perfect, that sounds great.

“To be in the mix on the back nine at Augusta is something that everyone dreams about. So I was trying to really embrace it. I didn’t really have anything to lose at that point.

“Think I was in second, but I couldn’t really drop too much. I had a couple of shots in there. It was really just go for it.”

“I always look at the scoreboard, so I wasn’t going to change that. It helped me know where I was.

“It helped me know that I had to go low the last few holes. Then in terms of that bogey on No. 13, that was just a really bad hole. I went with my 4-wood off the tee, tried to draw it round, struck it terribly, blocked it right, got the layup all wrong with the wind, left myself really far back, hooked my pitching wedge.

“Then I want to say my first putt was going in the water I hit it so hard, and luckily it stopped. Then missed the putt. Then I looked at the scoreboard and saw I was only two back, and I knew there’s chances every hole coming in.”

“I’m just a pretty competitive person, so I obviously wanted to win. I feel like the confidence and stuff like that just comes from knowing you’ve put in the hours and knowing I’d practiced my putting a lot before this week because it’s usually a weaker part of my game, and if it doesn’t fall into place, it can affect whether I win or not.

“This week was probably one of the — specifically today, one of the best weeks I’ve had on the greens, and thankfully it came at the right time.”

Miscellaneous

  • Runner-up Bailey Shoemaker carded the first bogey-free final round in the history of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur with a six-under 66. She now holds the record for lowest final round in Championship history. (Previous: 2019, Jennifer Kupcho, 67)

  • Four Masters champions birdied Nos. 17-18 in the final round: Art Wall Jr. (1959, won by 1 stroke), Arnold Palmer (1960, won by 1), Mark O’Meara (1998, won by 1) and Charl Schwartzel (2011, won by 2).

  • Woad joins Nick Faldo (1989, 1990, 1996) and Danny Willett (2016) as players representing England to win at Augusta National.

  • Woad becomes the third champion to shoot 69 or better in the final round, joining Jennifer Kupcho (67 in 2019) and Anna Davis (69 in 2022).

  • Ingrid Lindblad (third place) becomes the first player with three top-five finishes in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. The only other player with multiple top fives is Rose Zhang, with two.

  • Sixteen-year-old Gianna Clemente backed up her T-14 finish in 2023 with a T-5 finish in 2024. She becomes the first player to post a pair of top-20 finishes in the Championship prior to turning 17.

  • Fifteen-year-old Asterisk Talley (T-8) becomes the first player to post a top-10 finish in the Championship prior to her 16th birthday. The previous best finish by a player 15 years or younger was T-14, by Clemente in 2023.

  • Jasmine Koo eagled Nos. 8 and 15 to finish in solo fourth (-3). She becomes the second player in Augusta National Women’s Amateur history to make two eagles in the final round, joining Ingrid Lindblad, who made a pair in 2022.

  • Nine players broke par during Saturday’s final round at Augusta National. It is the most players to break par in the final round. (Previous: 2019 – Eight players)

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