PETALING JAYA: Malaysian top amateur golfer Alyaa Abdulghany (pic) is hoping to make her US Women’s Open debut at Champions Golf Club in Houston from Dec 10-13 via the world ranking.
The prestigious US$5.5mil (RM22.82mil) showpiece, which is the final Major women’s golf event for the season, will feature 156 participants including the leading 20 golfers in the top 100 of the World Amateur Gold Ranking (WAGR) as of Nov 4.
The 21-year-old Alyaa, who made the country proud when she finished joint-third at the US Women’s Amateur in August, is currently at number 30.
Alyaa may get invited if some of the players ranked above her decline to compete.
It is worth noting that some higher-ranked players such as world No. 8 Gabriela Ruffels of Australia and world No. 19 Lei Ye of China had already qualified by virtue of being last year’s US Women’s Amateur and US Girls’ Junior champions respectively.
“We are staying positive in regards to the exemptions of the US Women’s Open this year, you’ll never know... anything can happen during this pandemic,” said Alyaa’s mother, Rohaya Esa.
“Based on her last performance in the US Women’s Amateur, I hope she will be on top of the list to be considered for the US Women Open this year.”
Alyaa has reached a career-best No. 24 after her outstanding feat at the US Women’s Amateur, but a lack of tournament in the US has derailed her hopes of making further leap.
Her only action was at the European Ladies Amateur Championship Ljubljana, Slovenia three weeks ago, where she finished tied-25th.
While Alyaa plays a waiting game, national top women’s professional Kelly Tan looks certain to make the cut as one of the leading 10 money earners on the LPGA Tour.