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Tuesday 20 August 2019

Mehaffey thrilled after Augusta debut

Olivia Mehaffey. Photo: Getty Images
Olivia Mehaffey. Photo: Getty Images

Ireland's Olivia Mehaffey was walking on air after finishing tied 23rd in the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur.

With pop legend Niall Horan cheering her on, the 21-year-old Arizona State University star from Banbridge described the ground-breaking event as "the experience of my life so far," and "mind-blowing" despite closing with a four-over 76 on the famous Masters course.

Level-par through nine, she went for broke trying to emulate Phil Mickelson at the 13th but found Rae's Creek and took seven instead.

"I thought that shot Phil hit to the green from the trees on the right, if he can play that I can hit it from the fairway but unfortunately I hit it in the water," she said with a grin.

"It's just exciting to be out there. When you see the shots they've hit [in the Masters] it's just mind-blowing to think they've pulled those shots off."

Mehaffey finished on five-over as American world number one Jennifer Kupcho shot 67 to win by four shots from Mexico's Maria Fassi on 10-under.

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