Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Battling winds, Malixi finishes 13th

Not quite the finish we wanted

NEW JERSEY — Rianne Malixi bogeyed three of the last seven holes while battling swirling winds, finishing with 33 points from a gross 75 and ending up 13th in the Mizuho Americans Open-AJGA Juniors ruled by American Yana Wilson in New Jersey Sunday.

Malixi flashed an awesome long game that saw her outdrive pros Swede Anna Nordqvist and Aussie Grace Kim on some holes and pulled off a number of scrambling pars that impressed her playing partners.

But she missed a number of greens and muffed birdie chances while flubbing a five-foot par-saving putt on the 18th that typified her backside struggle at the Liberty National course.

She actually drew level with a birdie on No. 10 after a
one-bogey frontside card but failed to rescue a par on No. 12 and yielded a wet bogey on the next against a spate of pars for a 37-38 in stroke play worth 33 points.

Counting her earlier rounds of 31, 34 and 35, the ICTSI-backed shotmaker finished where she started after 54 holes, at 13th place, with a 133 total (300 in stroke play), 14 points off Wilson, who scrambled for a 71 worth 37 points to beat erstwhile co-leader Anna Davis by three on a 147 aggregate.

Being a pro is very difficult but scoring-wise, Rianne did better than three of the four pros whom she had played with.

Davis, who forced a tie with a tournament-best 43 points off a gross 66 in the third round, faltered with a 74 for 34 points and wound up second with 144 points while Sara Im finished third with a 142 after 33 points from a 72.

While Malixi’s camp said it was not the kind of finish they had expected, the rising 16-year-old star learned valuable lessons from her first LPGA foray which she hopes to brandish when she vies in the US Women’s Open qualifying in Chicago this week.

“Not quite the finish we wanted. Being a pro is very difficult but scoring-wise, Rianne did better than three of the four pros whom she had played with,” said Malixi’s mom Michelle.

“She didn’t play her best but fought hard despite very tough strong winds today (Sunday). She had some really good shots, outdriving the pros quite a number of times,” added the elder Malixi, who also thanked their sponsors ICTSI, Skyflakes, TaylorMade USA, Lola Nena’s, friends and supporters.

Yuka Saso, on the other hand, carded a 70 and finished tied at seventh at 282 with South Africa’s Ashleigh Buhai and Leona Maguire of Ireland after a 64 and 67, respectively.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like


Manny Pacquiao knows his time is up. This was the keen observation made by a longtime member of his training team who spent dinner...


The dynamic duo of Johnmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna and Danerie James “Wise” del Rosario is back with a bang after leading Blacklist International to a...


The University Athletic Association of the Philippines will have a full calendar of sports events for Season 85 starting 1 October. UAAP President Fr....


ECHO has revealed its roster for the upcoming M4 Mobile Legends World Championship to be held 1-15 January 2023 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The seven...


It’s going to be business as usual as the Philippine Basketball Association will not stop its on-court activities when it gives way for the...


It doesn’t look as if newly-crowned Melvin Jerusalem will get the luxury of defending his minimumweight crown against a handpicked rival after the World...


Mitchell, meanwhile, is a six-foot shooting guard frowm Hartford University.


Legendary boxing referee Carlos ‘Sonny’ Padilla was recently inducted into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. Famous for serving as the third man in...