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Wooster's shot at revenge

Sue Wooster
Sue Wooster chips in for birdie during her semi-final. Picture: USGA

It's nice to know Sue Wooster isn't dwelling on the past as she lines up for an improbable shot at her own slice of golf history.

Wooster today booked her second consecutive appearance in the US Senior Women's Amateur final and, even more remarkably, will face the same opponent in tomorrow's final.

But asked after her clutch semi-final victory what she would take out of last year's loss to Lara Tennant, Wooster was unusually blunt.

"Losing," she replied, hinting a continuation of the laissez faire style she has adopted all week at Cedar Rapids Country Club, Iowa.

"Imagine, 132 players and it comes down to us again."

Wooster, as she did a day earlier against highly fancied No.2 seed Ellen Port, won both her matches today on the 18th green.

The Victorian took down Ireland's Laura Webb in a morning quarter-final, then backed up to roll Californian Caryn Wilson in the semis, both 1-up.

In both cases, she made a par on the 292m 18th hole while her opponent struggled with the demanding green. Webb three-putted, while Wilson made took four more to get down from behind the green.

Wooster also defeated seven-time USGA champion Port on the 18th in the Round of 32 when Port double-bogeyed.

"It’s the most severe green I’ve ever played," said Wooster, who tied for 40th in last year’s inaugural US Senior Women’s Open.

"But I did hit a nice shot in each time, underneath the hole, so that might have given me a bit of an advantage."

Wooster, 57, said earlier in the week that her loss in last year's final to Tennant had rocked her for a short while.

But she said she wouldn't think much of it in adopting an aggressive approach for the final.

"I’m just going to give it my all. This morning on the back nine (against Laura Webb) I nearly lost that match.

"I went out with the attitude this afternoon (against Wilson) that I was going to give it my all and just try and play a lot more aggressively. If I won, I won. If I didn’t, so what. I’ll be happy."

Wilson squared the match with a par on the par-5 15th, and Wooster coaxed in a return putt for par on the 17th to keep the match tied before winning the 18th for the third time.

"Last year, I felt like my game was a lot better," Wooster said.

"It’s been kind of all over the place and I just sort of play by feel. My putting has been good.

"It’s just amazing - last year because I was hitting the ball really well and I was hitting lots of greens, this year (it has been) just sheer determination to try and make the final again."

Tennant, of Oregon, comparatively breezed through her matches en route to her 11th win in 12 matches in her three years at this tournament.

This is the first time in 58 editions of the US Senior Women’s Amateur that the finalists from the previous year will meet again in the championship match. Tennant defeated Wooster 3&2 last October in Florida.

The 18-hole final will start at 11.30pm (Australian eastern time) tonight.


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