Rose Zhang Turns Pro After Winning 2nd Straight NCAA Title
Superstar amateur Rose Zhang announced that she is turning pro and will play in the remain four women’s major championships.
The announcement comes just days after Zhang won her second straight NCAA Championship.
“I am excited to announce that I am officially turning professional and will be making my debut at the Mizuho Americas Open next week,” said Zhang in a social media post.
She is the first women to win back-to-back NCAA Division I Individual Championships.
Shortly after her announcement, the USGA granter her special exemption into the U.S. Women’s Open at Pebble Beach.
“Looking forward, I am truly blessed to have a packed summer schedule that includes all four of the Major Championships and want to thank the PGA, USGA, R&A and all of the title sponsors for such incredible opportunities at the start of my career,” said Zhang.
Zhang is a three-time winner of the McCormack Medal, which is given to the top amateur in the world by the R&A.
The Stanford star held the number one ranking in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Rankings for a record 141 straight weeks, going back to September 2020.
While at Stanford, Zhang claimed victory 12 times in 20 starts, including eight times in ten events this season.
For perspective, Tiger Woods won 11 times in 26 starts with Stanford.