Heading into the U.S. Women’s Open this week at the Country Club of Charleston, Fulton native Ally McDonald had never made a cut in the women’s game’s biggest tournament. She changed that this week.
McDonald opened with a 1-over par, 72, in the first round Thursday. Her round was up and down all day. She carded three bogeys and three birdies on the front nine before settling in. In Friday’s second round action, she grounded it out for another 72, while weathering a two-hour delay due to thunderstorms, to put her two day score at 2-over par. The score got her into the weekend with a stroke to spare.
Saturday, or moving day, was McDonald’s best day of the event. She played a bogey-free round with a pair of birdies on holes four and five and holes 10 and 11. Her 4-under par, 67, was one of the best rounds of the day and it propelled her into 12th place. She played steady golf on Sunday and erased a pair of bogeys with an eagle on the 15th hole for an even-par score of 71.
McDonald held steady on Sunday when many golfers were going backwards. She finished in a tie for 10th.
McDonald’s stats show how she put together a nice tournament. She hit 89% of fairways and 57 of 72 greens in regulation, including 17 of 18 in round three and was two for three in sand saves.
In the first two majors of the season, McDonald has finished in the top 10 at both of this year’s majors. She finished tied for sixth at the ANA Inspiration earlier in the spring.
McDonald said she’s put the majors in her crosshairs this season.
“Playing better in majors is something I highlighted to improve upon this year,” she said. “I’m happy so far with my results and want to continue to build on it and get better throughout the year.”
She’s in 48th position in the CME standings and is twelfth in the Solheim Cup standings.
The confidence built from routinely placing in the top ten at majors is hard to beat, or even match, and it may buoy her in tough tournaments in the future.