BELLEAIR, Fla – Maria Fassi was about to go to class on Thursday when her cousin broke the good news: she is now at the US Women’s Open.
The pair immediately began to jump.
Not so long ago, said Fassi, she was 14e on the alternative list. But, as players start to give up, like Shanshan Feng for example, Fassi has zipped the list. The US Women’s Open will take place December 10-13 at the Champions Golf Club in Houston.
“I was pretty sad honestly,” said Fassi, who potentially missed the major final of the year. “For me, the US Open is the one I’m looking forward to the most.”
Fassi competes in the first Pelican Women’s Championship, shot a second round 70 Friday at the Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fla. Fassi was coming off a 73 in the first lap.
With the pandemic still wreaking havoc on travel schedules, it is likely that several other replacements will find themselves on the field of 156 players. The list of replacements comes directly from the Rolex ranking.
Fassi’s T-12 performance at last year’s USWO at Country Club in Charleston resulted in a paycheck of $ 103,065 that ultimately guaranteed his card for 2020.
Fassi draws heavily on the recent victory of Carlos Ortiz on the PGA Tour and Abraham Ancer who made his way into the Masters final group last week.
“I didn’t miss a single shot from Abraham or Carlos,” she said.
Ancer and Fassi first met in person in April and talked a lot about Augusta National. Fassi, of course, finished second behind Jennifer Kupcho at last year’s Augusta National Women’s Amateur and Ancer made her Masters debut last week.
“We talked more about the experience itself than the journey,” said Fassi.
“I was like, I’ve never been this nervous in a practice round, everything was overwhelming.
Fassi carded an eventful xx in the second round of the Pelican Women’s Championship and is xx for the tournament.
Here’s who’s next on the US Women’s Open’s alternate roster:
Ju Young Pak
Da Been Heo
Jeong eun lee
Seo Jin Park
Han Sol Ji