Pinay hopeful bows out of contention in 122nd WWA golf tournament in Illinois

Pinay hopeful bows out of contention in 122nd WWA golf tournament in Illinois

Rianne Mikhaela Malixi. (Photo courtesy: Golf Australia Magazine)

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NORTHFIELD, ILLINOIS — It was well fought but Rianne Mikhaela Malixi’s indomitable spirit wasn’t enough as she lost a closely-contested battle with Thai stalwart Taglao Jeeravivitaporn in the semifinals of the 122nd Women’s Western Amateur at the Sunset Ridge Country Club.

But the youthful 15-year-old Pinay golfer, who eliminated American Marissa Wenzler, 3 and 2, in the quarterfinals, didn’t go down easily as she managed to extend the match to 20 holes before Jeeravivitaporn sealed the victory with a skillful birdie in the second extra hole.
It was an unfortunate loss for Malixi, ranked 420th in the world, who was in control of the match until the 22-year-old Thai standout of Iowa State University drew level on the 17th hole.

Both players forged a playoff when they birdied the 18th.
After halving the first three holes, Malixi took the lead on 4 but Jeeravivitaporn quickly responded on the next hole. It was then a see-saw contest ensued from there until Malixi took the lead for the last time on the par-3 15th with a birdie.

However, Malixi unexpectedly bogeyed the 17th, another par-3, which allowed her Thai opponent to get back in the contest.

Prior to her loss, Malixi completed an abbreviated win over Wenzler on the 16th hole as she built a 2-up lead after taking 3 and 4. After the American managed to cut the deficit to one on 10, Malixi won 11, 13 and 14 to build a 4-up lead. (ai/mtvn)

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