Rose Zhang is accustomed to her golf course dominance.
Zhang shot a 6-over 77 during Friday’s second round of the DANA Open in Sylvania, Ohio, and missed the cut by two strokes.
It is the first time she has missed the cut on the LPGA Tour.
Zhang’s poor performance on Friday may surprise some, particularly after she shot a 5-under 66 in the opening round on Thursday.
Zhang explained after Thursday’s round that she felt her best this week in Ohio.
Zhang acknowledged, “I’m a bit more exhausted than I’d like to be.” “Due to a cold, my voice is not exactly normal at the moment.”
In addition to feeling ill, Zhang encountered travel difficulties en route east from Pebble Beach, where the U.S. Women’s Open was conducted last weekend.
“My connecting flight from Phoenix to Detroit was delayed by nine hours,” Zhang said. “Therefore, the journey was a bit of chaos. I arrived at 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday, so the practice rounds and pro-am were a touch shaky for me.
SYLVANIA, Ohio— On July 14, 2023, Rose Zhang hits a shot on the 17th hole during the second round of the Dana Open at Highland Meadows Golf Club.
Zhang was unable to score a single birdie during her second round on Friday afternoon due to exhaustion. She committed six bogeys, which ultimately sealed her fate.
A missed deadline is a failure, but perhaps this week will be a blessing in disguise.
Hopefully, Zhang will use this weekend to recuperate and regain her health in preparation for her next major LPGA tournament.