Updated: Aug 1, 2019
Lets face it, The LPGA produces fundamentally better golfers than the PGA. Much of the attraction of the PGA is how far the men hit the ball. However, what the women lose in distance, they more than make up for in accuracy and simply good golf.
In comes Maria Fazzi. In the recent KPMG LPGA event Fazzie drove the ball 321 yards. She can reach swing speeds as fast at 108 MPH. Pretty much unheard of in women's golf. Frankly, faster and longer than the vast majority of male golfers.
And, she comes from the University of Arkansas. Obviously, I am biased and rightfully so....... Note the Razorback Driver cover. WOOOO PIG SOOIE!!!! (Yes, google it)
Check out the power in this swing and the absolute confidence to dominate.
A recent Golf Channel article had this to say:
'Why not me, right?' Fassi not shying away from LPGA superstar expectations
June 25, 2019 at 9:29 PM
CHASKA, Minn. - Maria Fassi only went to the golf course to watch her two older brothers.
They lived near the Club de Golf in Pachuca, about an hour north of Mexico City, and their mother wanted them active in as many sports as possible. Lorena Ochoa was just starting her rise to No. 1 in the world. Even so, golf was never a priority in soccer-mad Mexico.
''I don't think it's a sport a kid would say, 'Hey, Dad, I want to play golf,''' Fassi said. ''We lived at a golf course in Pachuca, nine holes. I would go with my brothers to watch them hit. From there, the head pro says, 'You come here, but you never hit.' So I started swinging at it. And I really liked it.''
And now the golf world is watching her, curious what her dynamic swing and personality can do for the LPGA.
Suzy Whaley, the president of the PGA of America, played with Fassi in the pro-am for the KPMG Women's PGA Championship and declared her to be ''the next superstar of the LPGA.''
LPGA commissioner Mike Whan made it a point to introduce himself to the 21-year-old rookie on the range at Hazeltine because, as he told her, ''I've never heard more people talk more about one player than you.''
Such hype requires caution because of so many others who couldn't miss until no one really missed them when they were no longer there.
The expectations can be unnerving. Fassi embraces them.
''I mean, someone has got to be the next superstar and why not me, right?'' she said. ''That's what I want to be. That's what I want to become. And I know I just have to work hard and stay patient, and one day that's going to be it.''
Whan heard about Fassi a few years ago. Most casual golf fans probably would not have known much about her until they saw Fassi thrashing tee shots - she often picks up the tee while the ball is still climbing - during the final round of the Augusta National Women's Amateur.
She was runner-up that day to close friend Jennifer Kupcho, and a month later ended her four years at Arkansas by winning the NCAA title.
Fassi, who earned her LPGA card in December and deferred membership until she was done with college, is playing her fourth tournament this week close to her college home at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship.
She made her pro debut with a 68-70 weekend at the U.S. Women's Open to tie for 12th. She was slowed by her middle two rounds in the Women's PGA and tied for 48th. Such is her potential that she was put in the same group as Women's Open champion Jeungeun Lee6 and Canadian star Brooke Henderson at Hazeltine.
There is no doubting the appeal, even without polish that comes with time.
Fassi smashed one drive on the par-5 15th at Hazeltine that had fans in her gallery curious how far it went. The volunteer charting the tee shots heard them and gave them the number - 321 yards. Instead of playing to the fat of the green, however, Fassi went at the flag and came up a few yards short, into a bunker, leaving little green between her and the flag. She made par.
She'll learn. For now, she entertains.
The swing essentially is hers, with refinement over the years.