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By the USGA

If there was one thing in ample supply at the 5th U.S. Senior Women’s Open, it was experience. On Sunday, a trio of players with a handful of near-misses in this championship staged an epic battle at Waverley Country Club, ultimately won by Trish Johnson by one stroke over Leta Lindley and two ahead of Catriona Matthew.

Johnson, who has played in all five of these championships, was T-2 in 2019 and third in 2018. Lindley was second last year and Matthew was T-3 in 2022 and T-4 in 2021. The Englishwoman took a one-stroke lead over Matthew into the final round and was two ahead of Lindley. The three stayed locked in a duel right down to the last hole, with Johnson closing with an even-par 72, Lindley a 71 and Matthew 73.

The tide turned on No. 15. With Matthew and Johnson tied at 3 under par and Lindley at 2 under – all three through 14 holes – Matthew drove into a bunker on the par-4 15th and did well to save par with a 5-foot putt, while Johnson hit a wedge to tap-in distance to take the lead by one stroke at 4 under par. Johnson followed with a 15-foot birdie on No. 16 to pull two strokes clear of Matthew, a cushion she needed when she made a bogey on No. 17.

“I am so knackered, I’ve got to be honest,” said Johnson, who finished at 4-under-par 284 with Lindley at 285 and Matthew 286. “Just amazing, honestly. Yeah, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, win a USGA event. Never even came close in a regular U.S. Open.”

Johnson was well aware of her near-misses in this championship.

“After the front eight holes I thought, here we go again,” she said. “But rallied a bit and hit some decent shots coming in. Beany [Matthew] got a bit unlucky a couple of times coming in, and here we are.”

Meanwhile, Lindley was reeling off par after par, making 14 in a row before finally finding a birdie on No. 18 to finish at 3-under-par 285.

“It was an amazing week,” Lindley said. “Came in here with really high hopes after last year and really wanted to hoist that trophy. But I played solid. I hit the ball great. I rolled it well. I just came up one shy again. I was courageous today. I hit it good. I hit my lines. I just managed myself nicely, and if I keep plugging along and keep working hard, hopefully one of these days I’m going to hold the trophy.”

Matthew played a solid round of golf that featured two birdies and two bogeys until she closed with a third bogey as she gambled going for the par-5 18th hole in two and…


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