Granada Comes Up Just Shy
GRANADA COMES UP JUST SHY
Julieta Granada, the third-round leader, went out in 38 and it appeared her chance at the CME Group Tour Championship may be over. Instead, she clawed her way right back into it, making three consecutive birdies on Nos. 13 through 15 to force her way into the playoff with a back-nine 33 to finish at 10-under-par.
She ultimately bowed out on the second playoff hole when her lag putt from just behind the green came up about six feet short. She narrowly missed the putt to miss her shot at continuing on in the playoff with Granada and Ko. She was understandably upset after but was overall thrilled with a terrific week.
“Yeah, it’s tough. I think the more time goes by you realize I had a pretty good chance. I played well coming in and hit some great shots on 18. That’s a really long hole for me. Just that first putt was a little short, and that second putt I honestly thought I had it. The greens are getting a little slower, so I think the grain just grabbed it a little bit,” Granada said. “Overall I’m happy with this week. I had such good support throughout the week. It was a fun week.”
And as Ko and Ciganda took off back down the fairway to play for the championship she coveted, she walks away with the best year of her career since 2006, finishing 18th on the money list with $762,803, including 8 top-10 finishes. She was admittedly disappointed with how it finished but praised her competitors and the sponsors as the playoff continued on.
“Carlota’s got the game. She’s been hitting it really straight the last two days that I got to play with her. That 3 wood goes miles. And Lydia, she’s so steady. You just can’t count her out end,” Granada said. “Thanks so much to CME for being such a great sponsor.” – Source LPGA