Tsubasa Kajitani wins 2021 Augusta National Women's Amateur in playoff
Tsubasa Kajitani won the 2021 Augusta National Women's Amateur in a playoff Saturday at Augusta National Golf Club.
Kajitani defeated Emilia Migliaccio on the first sudden-death playoff hole.
Kajitani shot even-par 72 in the final round, finishing the tournament at 1-over 217.
The 17-year-old from Ikayama, Japan, ranks 23rd among the world's top amateurs.
Kajitani was runner-up at the Avondale Amateur in Australia earlier this year, finishing one stroke behind Grace Kim.
The final round got off to a chilly start as frost delayed tee times an hour but turned sunny and warm as the day progressed.
The Augusta Women's National is a 54-hole stroke play event. A cut took place after 36 holes, with the top 30 players advancing to the final round at Augusta National.
The first two rounds were played over two days at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Evans, followed by a practice round at Augusta National Friday.
The inaugural tournament took place in 2019 but was canceled last year over COVID concerns.
PHOTOS: ANWA final round action
ANWA 2021 final leaderboard
Augusta National Women's Amateur tickets
The 2021 tournament took place with limited patrons, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ticket holders who were not selected to attend will be given the opportunity to purchase the same tickets for the 2022 contest.
To apply for 2022 tickets, go to https://tickets.anwagolf.com/en_US/index.html.
No tickets are sold at the gate and every person must have a ticket to gain entry, regardless of age.
Qualifications for the Augusta National Women's Amateur
Players earned invitations to the 2021 tournament by meeting at least one of the following qualifications:
1. Reigning U.S. Women's Amateur Champion
2. Reigning Ladies' British Open Amateur Champion
3. Reigning Women's Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion
4. Reigning Girls' British Open Amateur Champion
5. Reigning U.S. Girls' Junior Champion
6. Reigning Girls Junior PGA Champion
7. Past champions of the Augusta National Women's Amateur within the last five years
8. The 30 highest ranked players from the United States of America based on the prior year's (2020) final Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking, not otherwise qualified
9. After qualifications 1-8 above, the 30 highest ranked players not otherwise qualified, as listed on the prior year's (2020) final Women's World Amateur Ranking
10. Players receiving special invitations of the Augusta National Women's Amateur Committee
11. After qualifications 1-10 above, players that accepted invitations to the 2020 Augusta National Women's Amateur, not otherwise qualified
Who won the 2020 tournament?
In 2020, Jennifer Kupcho outdueled Arkansas senior Maria Fassi down the stretch in the final round to win the inaugural 54-hole Augusta National Women’s Amateur by four shots.
Kupcho won after playing her final six holes at 5-under, with an eagle on No. 13.