Probably the No. 1-ranked rookie racks up major invitations; Rose Chang to play US Women’s Open in July
Invitations to major championships are pouring in for another powerful newcomer on the verge of making her debut on the U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour. Rose Chang (20, USA) is the world No. 1 amateur women’s golfer.
The 20-year-old announced on social media on Sunday that she will make her professional debut at the LPGA Tour’s Mizuho Americas Open, a four-day event starting June 1. The tournament will be hosted by Michelle Wie West.
Rose Zhang became the first woman to win back-to-back NCAA Division 1 women’s golf individual titles during the season that ended Tuesday. On April 20, she spent 136 consecutive weeks atop the Women’s Amateur Golf World Golf Ranking, surpassing the previous record held by Riona Maguire (IRE). Her streak came to a halt at 141 weeks when she turned professional.
Chinese-American Rose Zhang, who attends Stanford University in the United States, won 12 of the 20 tournaments she competed in during her collegiate career, and was dominant in the 2022-2023 season, winning eight of the 10 events she competed in.
Zhang, who attends Stanford University in the United States, is Stanford’s all-time winningest collegiate golfer with 12 victories in 20 tournaments during her collegiate career.
Before Rose, Tiger Woods (USA), the “Emperor of Golf,” won 11 times in 26 tournaments while at Stanford.
For more than three years, the reigning champion of women’s amateur golf has won three consecutive Mexmac (top amateur player) medals in 2020, 2021, and 2022, as well as trophies in various tournaments.
On the LPGA Tour, an amateur player’s status is changed simply by declaring that they want to turn professional, without the need for a pro test. They then have to pass a qualifying school to earn a spot on the tour.
Rose Zhang, the world No. 1 amateur, has already been inundated with special invitations. After making her debut at the Mizuho Americas Open, she has invitations to the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in June, the U.S. Women’s Open and Amundi Evian Championship in July, and the AIG Women’s Open in August. She will also play in the CP Women’s Open and the Kroger Queen City Championship. If she finishes in the top 10 at any of these tournaments, she will be able to qualify for the next event on her own, potentially extending her professional career.
“It’s always a special experience to compete at the U.S. Women’s Open,” said Rose, who received a special invitation from the U.S. Women’s Open. “This is an important moment for our sport and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it.”
As she turns pro, Rose Zhang is set to receive a hefty contract thanks to corporate sponsorships. She is sponsored by club maker Callaway Golf and sports apparel brand Adidas.
“Rose’s off-the-record earnings have the potential to be the strongest since Michelle Wie’s debut 20 years ago,” said Golfweek, an American golf publication. Michelle Wie signed a $10 million contract with Nike when she turned pro 20 years ago.메이저사이트
Rose’s arrival is a game-changer for the LPGA Tour. While she has yet to make an impact in professional competition, she has the potential to be a force to be reckoned with as she adjusts to the professional stage.
In her last major, the AIG Women’s Open in July, Jang finished T28 (No. 1 amateur), tied for 65th at the Amundi Evian Championship and tied for 40th at the U.S. Women’s Open. Her best finish in a major was a tie for 11th at the 2020 Chevron Championship.