Zimmer Biomet Championship, Final Round

Rachel Rohanna tees off from the 14th hole in the final round of the Zimmer Biomet Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez on the Lake Course at Grand National on Sunday, May 26.

Rachel Rohanna began the Zimmer Biomet Championship with a 1-over 73 and finished in a tie for 43rd after the first round.

By the end of the day on Sunday, she had closed the gap and finished in sole possession of ninth place with an overall 5-under (73-69-72-68—282).

Rohanna carded the lowest score of the final round with a 4-under 68, tied only with Amy Boulden who finished in a tie for fifth and Vicky Hurst who tied for 33rd.

Rohanna credited her previous experience on the tour to helping her battle into the top 10 despite playing with a neck injury that forced her to shorten her swing, and an effort to get back to form after giving birth to her daughter Gemelia just under a year ago on June 12.

“It means that I must be in decent shape. I had a baby last year, and I worked very, very hard this offseason to get back to where I needed to be physically,” Rohanna said of her final round and what it took to get to this point. “I think being a veteran and kind of having that advantage over a lot of rookies or one- or two-year players, knowing that rest is just as important as going out there to practice is huge.

“With the injury this week, I didn't do a practice round. I did nine holes in the Pro-Am. I hit maybe 20 balls max before I teed it up out here. Seeing how rest can seriously help you in the long run on the fourth day shooting a 4-under is big.”

That rest and experience led to a 2-under performance through the front nine on Sunday while she repeated the same feat in the back half with a bogey and three birdies to give her a tie for the day’s lowest score.

For Boulden, she started hot with four birdies on the front nine before shooting even on the back half with a pair of birdies and bogeys.

“I think the setup of the course today. I had quite a lot of wedge shots into the greens,” Boulden said about the front nine. “The pins were tucked, but if you used the slopes you could get pretty close to them. I think course management wise it was pretty decent. I was driving it well.

“My iron game felt pretty good. I was just giving myself plenty of chances. I was putting so much better (today) than the last few days. I putted so badly the first three days, and I think that was just the difference today of shooting a low round.”

Behind champion Nuria Iturrios who finished with an overall 12-under (64-71-70-71—276) and second place finisher Maddie Szeryk who had overall 10-under (70-68-69-71—278), the remainder of the top 5 shot well under par to make a run for the top of the leaderboard.

Perrine Delacour finished third with an overall 8-overall who carded a 2-under 70 on Sunday. Linnea Johansson took fourth with an overall 7-under while shooting a 3-under 69 in the final round.

“Today was pretty hard because the pins were kind of tricky,” Delacour said of Sunday’s round. “I was a little off with my irons as far as precision, so I missed a couple shots were I could usually make birdie. I ended up making par. I'm still pretty happy about my round. I had good putting and everything, so it's positive for next week.”

Along with Boulden, Fatima Fernandez Cano, Min Seo Kwak and Robynn Ree finished in fifth at 6-under overall.

In the list of top 10 player finishes at the end of the tournament, only four of the fourteen – four players tied for 10th – carded a round over par.

Robynn Ree carded a 1-over 73 to finish with an overall 6-under (70-68-71-73—282) to tie for fifth. Mind Muangkhumsakul recorded the same finish on the final round, but fell to a tie for 10th along with Bailey Tardy who also finished over par with a 3-over 75.

Tardy and Muangkhumsakul shared custody of 10th place with Karen Chung and Ji Eun Baik who recorded a 2-under 70 on Sunday.

Staff sports reporter Jordan D. Hill contributed to this report.

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