Golfer Rose Zhang made history by winning the 2023 Mizuho Americas Open, marking her first victory as a professional player. In doing so, she became the first player since Beverly Hanson in 1951 to win an LPGA event in her pro debut.
Rose Zhang’s Tale of Patience and Grit
Calm and collected throughout the painstaking final round at Liberty National, Zhang played with incredible patience. She managed to secure victory in a two-hole playoff against Jennifer Kupcho with a crucial par, leading her to exclaim, “What is happening? I just can’t believe it!”
Just 13 days after winning her second NCAA title and announcing her professional plans on her 20th birthday, Rose Zhang beat some of the best players in the world. Her amateur career accomplishments are unmatched in modern times, which led to high expectations from both fans and competitors going into this event.
Living Up to Lofty Expectations
Throughout the weekend, there were plenty of impressive highlights from Zhang’s performance. She showcased incredible skill with precision shots such as a chip-in birdie in her opening round and a near-ace on Saturday. “I look up to her,” said fellow golfer Michelle Wie West during an interview as they watched Rose Zhang’s final round.
Zhang’s historic win gives her immediate LPGA status along with 500 CME points; this comes after the changes made following Sophia Popov’s controversial exclusion from receiving points due to non-membership rules. Additionally, being an LPGA member also makes Zhang eligible for participation in this year’s Solheim Cup held in Spain, captained by Stacy Lewis.
Rose Zhang proved that she had what it took not only to meet but exceed expectations in the professional world of women’s golf. As an LPGA member, Zhang will bring a fresh new face to the game with her talent, maturity, and relentless drive for success. With this stunning victory under her belt, fans worldwide eagerly await what’s next for this young prodigy as she continues to make waves on the global golf stage.
Although many of the big names have made their move in the free agency market, there are still a few diamonds for NFL teams to fight over. We’re looking at the predicted best fits for the remaining free agents in the NFL.
Jadeveon Clowney – Defensive End
Unfortunately for Jadeveon Clowney, his injury record and offseason restrictions mean that he’s unlikely to earn big money in the NFL until 2021. That means Clowney will be looking at a one-year deal, and he’s already turned down moves to the Browns and Seahawks. One place it makes sense for the defensive end to move is Tennessee, as the Titans are already familiar with Clowney due to his time in the AFC South.
Cam Newton – Quarterback
There is still a small chance that someone has a starting quarterback slot for Cam Newton, but the former Panthers star still has some options regardless. The Arizona Cardinals are one of the teams where Newton could find a financial package that would suit him while bolstering his new team’s roster. Brett Hundley is the current backup for Kyler Murray in Arizona, and with the late-season injury to the starting QB, Newton would be a safer bet for number two.
Everson Griffen – Defensive End
Cleveland still has plenty of money left in their budget, which could open the door for defensive end Everson Griffen. While Clowney might have turned the Browns down, Griffen could be the guy to transform the Brown’s fortunes anyway.
Griffen is already familiar with coach Kevin Stefanski, and assistant Jeff Howard, thanks to their time in Minnesota, the defensive end makes sense. He would be able to step into the Browns’ starting roster from day one and is arguably still of Pro-Bowl caliber. It seems as though pass rushers only get better with age, so the Browns could do a lot worse than signing Griffen for the upcoming season.
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