Kupcho makes history as first woman to win at Augusta

Woods celebrates his Tour Championship victory

Jennifer Kupcho tees off the 11th hole during the first round of the Augusta National Women's Amateur golf tournament at Champions Retreat in Evans, Ga., Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

The first competitive round played by women at Augusta National attracted a large crowd but it was not the typical gallery seen at the Masters.

Fassi's bogey at the last left her with a two-under 70 and second place, four shots clear of Yuka Saso of the Philippines (69) and Yuka Yasuda of Japan (72).

Fassi, Kupcho's good friend and the 2018 ANNIKA Award victor as the top female collegiate golfer, birdied two of her final three holes to record a second consecutive round of two-under 70 for a four-under-par 140 total through two rounds.

Olarra, who works as an auditor in Madrid, grabbed the final spot on the second playoff hole - the par-3 17th - where she rolled in a birdie putt from 25 feet. She hit into the tributary of Rae's Creek on the par-5 13th and says she probably will lay up in the tournament because she's good with wedges.

She will play one practice round on Friday before the final starts on Saturday.

Another move was 2014´s debut of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, where young girls and boys won titles with a decisive putt on Augusta National´s famed 18th green - three Women´s Amateur players having taken part as youths.

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This might have been the busiest Augusta National has ever been on the Friday leading into the Masters.

"I knew I had to post an under-par score to be in contention for Saturday, and it was just exciting to see that I made so many birdies", said the 21-year-old from Pachuca. She birdied No. 12, No. 16 and No. 18. "It is fun. So to make it look that way for everyone watching, I hope it encourages people to pick up a club and go play".

"I definitely think my length will help".

Augusta only relaxed its male-only policy back in 2012, when former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was one of the first women allowed to become a member of the club, and hosting its first tournament for women was the next big step, announced at last year's Masters.

While the sight of women battling for a trophy was new for Augusta National, so were the sounds as the galleries offered encouragement with shouts of "Atta girl" and "Way to go girls".

One can't really over-egg this moment in time for women's golf.

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