NEW STAR Rose Zhang wins in her first start as a pro on LPGA Tour

Everybody knew Rose Zhang would be a superstar but few expected her to win in her first-ever professional tournament.

Rose Zhang has been touted as a future star of professional golf, but it didn’t take long for her to make her mark.

Competing in her first-ever tournament as a professional, Zhang outlasted Jennifer Kupcho at the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to claim victory at the LPGA Mizuho Americas Open.

LPGA’s Sarah Kellam reported on the incredible feat on the back of an incredible amateur career.

We all knew she would be great. Twelve wins at Stanford University, two national championships, an Augusta National Women’s Amateur title, a U.S. Girls’ Junior win, and a U.S. Women’s Amateur victory are great forecasters for LPGA Tour success. However, even the best of the best on the amateur circuit can come out with the big dogs and struggle to keep up. But not Zhang.

“Answer is no,” Zhang said when asked if she expected to win in her pro debut. “I honestly didn’t even expect to make the cut and the reason why I say this is because I don’t think about my expectations a lot. I think about playing the golf course. I think about trying to shoot the best score that I can.

Check out the condensed video highlights below. The closing holes are worth a watch, particularly that shot of Zhang’s to the green at the second playoff hole.

If you didn’t know Rose Zhang before, you do now.


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