Bellaire, Fla. — Maria Fassi always knew that going with a good shot along with her explosive power would lead to inferior results. She picked a good time for it to finally come together.
Facey cruised through a rain-soaked Pelican Golf Club and shot an 8-under 62 to tie the low on the LPGA Tour and give her a two-shot lead at the Pelican Women’s Championship.
This is the final tournament before the top 60 players qualify for the CME Team Tour Championship with a $7 million purse.
The 24-year-old Fassi from Mexico is ranked No. 72.
“I think every one of us here wants to end the year at CME,” Fassi said. “It was a very difficult season for me at the beginning and I got back on my feet towards the end of the middle season. So now that I have the opportunity and especially after today’s round, I just have to do what I am.” They would today.”
Facey felt confident going back to her “claw”. Its power was more beneficial for smooth fairways with less roll.
Lexi Thompson, Carlotta Siganda and Hyo Kim were among those who turned 66. Thompson ended a winless streak of more than three years at the Saudi-backed Aramco Group Series in New York last month.
Gabby Lopez opened in 65 and Nellie Korda was in the 66 group. LPGA Player of the Year winner Lydia Ko was six behind after a 68.
The Pelican Women’s Championship was washed out Thursday and reduced to 54 holes due to Tropical Storm Nicole.
Facey decided to replace her 5-wood with a hybrid, and after a big drive on the par-5 14th, the perfect club was a 5-wood.
“I was like, ‘Okay, this is fun,'” Fassy said.
She thought her putt would leave her a few yards short of the green, but there was enough wind and enough power behind her that she hit the green in her swing and rolled to 8 feet for an eagle putt.
“I honestly couldn’t have left a better eagle myself and it would have been nice if I just finished with a good putt,” Fassi said.
She was among the most sought-after college stars after graduating from Arkansas, but keeping her energy under control has largely held her back. It took her until her 15th start on the LPGA Tour to seriously compete, finishing third in Cincinnati.
“I know a round like this can happen at any time of the year,” Fassi said. “But I think just letting myself go out there and play in my own way, mentally. That was my biggest goal this week.”
One player absent from the CME Team Tour Championship is Sweden’s Lyn Grant, winner of the Scandinavian Mixed when the European Tour and Ladies European Tour go head-to-head. In a statement to Golfweek, Grant said she could not travel to the US because she had not been vaccinated against Covid-19.
“I understand that some people want to know why I’m not playing in America, and I respect that. The simple reason is that I’m not vaccinated,” she said. “Why, I ask the same respect.”