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Zhang dethrones Ruffels

American teen Rose Zhang dethroned defending champion Gabriela Ruffels in 38 holes on Sunday to win the 120th US Women’s Amateur title at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Maryland. The second-longest championship match in the event’s history, which neither led by more than 2-up, ended in heartbreak for Ruffels when she lipped out on a 3-foot par putt on the second extra hole to extend the match. Zhang, a 17-year-old from California, had considered withdrawing due to a left wrist injury but opted to rest by not playing for 10 days before the Women’s Amateur. “Winning the US Women’s Amateur means the world to me. To have my name on the trophy with the best players of all-time is life-changing for me. It’s a dream come true,” she said after saving par on the 36th with a 95-yard wedge shot to the edge of the cup to force extra holes.


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