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The LPGA’s rising star, Rose Zhang,has a lot in common with Tiger Woods. Just like the 15-time major winner, Zhang enjoyed a stellar amateur career before turning pro. The young prodigy has also greatly impressed in her professional outings so far, often being hailed as the next “Tiger Woods” for her dominant performances.

Another thing that both Woods and Zhang boast of is that the two of them are Stanford alumni and have ushered in significant success in their respective collegiate careers. But while Stanford women’s golf has been extremely consistent over the years, the same cannot be said about the men’s division. Ahead of her appearance at the 2023 Evian Championship, Zhang reflected on the current state of the men’s side as well as their struggles on the fairways. Let’s dive in to learn more!

Rose Zhang opens up about the disparity between Stanford women’s and men’s golf

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Stanford women’s golf is in a separate league of its own. Rachel Heck, Aline Krauter, and Kelly Xu are some of the top names from the side that have made quite an impression in the sport over the past years. But 20-year-old talent Rose Zhang is unarguably the most established player to have come out of the stacked roster.

The Irvine native spent a record 141 weeks as the top-ranked female player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings before catapulting to further stardom by winning on her professional debut! However, while the likes of Zhang, Heck, Xu, and more have become renowned for their feats, the men’s golf side at Stanford has rather floundered in the recent past.

So, does Zhang agree with the popular belief that the men’s division isn’t as good as the women’s team? “I don’t — I wouldn’t say that’s accurate just because every single year every single player has their own struggles and their own personal journeys and pasts,” she said on Wednesday.

I think they’re really driven, and I’m sure scores will come around,” said an optimistic Zhang. “They’ve actually played really well the last past year, so really looking forward to how they continue to grow as a team.” The Stanford Cardinal men’s golf team has an illustrious history of its own, featuring the likes of Tom Watson, Tiger Woods, and Notah Begay III among its reputed alumni.

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This week, the Cardinals will once again have the opportunity to earn bragging rights as Zhang takes on a highly competitive field at the Evian Championship. This is her third major appearance as a pro.

Rose Zhang is eyeing major success after an unexpected blow

When Rose Zhang descended upon the Highland Meadows Golf Club a couple of days ago, all eyes were expectedly trained on her. After all, the ex-Stanford star had just come off a T9 finish at Pebble Beach.

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However, the golfing phenom ended up suffering an unexpected hiccup, missing the cut for the first time since going pro. Over the next few days, she will have the chance to remedy the setback and earn her very first major title.

This year’s Evian Championship will mark Zhang’s third straight appearance in the tournament. As an amateur, the LPGA star had finished T58 and T65 in the event’s 2021 and 2022 editions.

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Do you believe the Stanford men’s golf team will welcome unprecedented success in the coming years? Do you think Rose Zhang will be able to win the Evian Championship this year? Let us know in the comments!

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