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Rose Zhang to Step Away? Academic Needs and ‘Short Game’ Problems Pushes the Young Gun to Retrospect

Published 01/21/2024, 9:38 PM EST

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She has been a sensational athlete since turning pro in 2023! Yes, we are talking about Rose Zhang herself. Recently, she has managed to prove her mettle once again at the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions that ended a while ago. But now, it appears that she will only return to the Tour after a couple of months, courtesy of Stanford.

However, the question naturally arose: would she be taking a step back completely from the game of golf? Well, the 20-year-old swiftly responded to the same in an interview following the event, all the while highlighting her putter, coupled with a bit of school, as the reason behind the decision!

Rose Zhang reveals her future plans

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Zhang had earlier, in an interview, divulged how she would be playing next at the LA Open in March at the Palos Verdes. When asked about whether she would be taking a break for the next couple of months in the recent presser, the young athlete revealed how she was firstly “thinking about getting my(sic) body in shape.” Elaborating on the same, the pro pointed out how she was suffering from “some kind of neck issues and shoulder issues.”

Adding on, she was quick to deny any thoughts of putting the clubs down, as she said, “I think I’m not going to let the putter down.” However, the 1-time LGPA Tour champ was quick to mention how “the putter has been letting me(sic) down.” Continuing with her plans, the golfer disclosed that “it’ll take a good amount of time” for her to invest more in her “short game,” all the while grinding on the same.

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In terms of her academics, she was visibly happy while talking about her plans for school, a while ago. Although she would be losing a little bit of sleep and rest, the 2023 Mizuho Americas Open champ happily declared that it was “worth it in the end,” being in tune with everybody else while “grinding through school.”

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She surely deserves a break to catch up with everything from school and work on her game more. But, even while swamped with homework and health issues, the youngster made sure to dish out her best against the field full of champions.

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Zhang holds on at the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions

The athlete was able to maintain her position of T7 after the fourth day of play, scoring a total of 7-under-281 over the four rounds. Moreover, she was able to rake in a cut of $48,070 from the total $1.5 million prize pool.

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She managed to do the same by holing an eagle and a birdie along with two bogeys on Sunday, registering a score of 1-under 72. She couldn’t beat the likes of Lydia Ko who emerged as the champion, all the while tying for seventh with Charley Hull. Nevertheless, many of her fans will surely be hoping for an even better performance during her comeback in March. All eyes would surely be on her!

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