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If you haven’t heard about the golfer who bettered Tiger Woods’ amateur career, then you will soon enough.
Rose Zhang is highly regarded as one of the best amateur golfers ever and, after a glittering college career, is ready for the professional scene.
The California-born golfer enrolled at Stanford University in 2021 and, despite being born in 2003, has already amassed a significant amount of major championship experience.
Zhang will remain on campus as a student-athlete until the end of her degree in 2024, but her time with Stanford before turning pro is going down in history.
The list of records Rose Zhang has broken surpasses plenty of big names, and no more so than Tiger Woods, as she won an unmatched 12 of 20 college tournaments in her time at Stanford.
Zhang also became the first female to win consecutive NCAA individual titles and received the Annika Award for best college player two years in a row.
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Just one year after committing to play Division 1 golf at the Cali university, Rose Zhang became the No. 1 ranked women’s amateur and spent a record-breaking 141 weeks there before turning pro.
That was down to the scintillating level of form Zhang has produced from such a young age, that catapulted the Chinese American to the top.
To many, it seemed Zhang was destined for the top right from the start, as she joined golf giants Callaway on the junior staff program at 13 years old.
Fast forward past a win in the 2020 US Women’s Amateur and a T11 finish in the ANA Inspiration just weeks later, Zhang became an official member of Team Callaway in 2022.
That was a year to remember for Zhang on British soil too, as she claimed the Smyth Salver for the low amateur at the 2019 AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield.
Golf’s new star has a massive future ahead, but with high expectations, Zhang can count on her experience on the biggest stage.
At 16, she started her major championship career by making the cut at the 2019 US Open, and most recently won the 2023 Augusta National Women’s Amateur, so the future is bright.
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