Paige Spiranac, the former San Diego State golfer turned Instagram sensation, made her professional debut at the Ladies European Tour’s final event, the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, and it didn’t go as well as she had hoped. Spiranac missed the cut after finishing her opening rounds with a 77 and 79. She finished tied for 101st out of 107 players who finished 36 holes.
Spiranac did beat her goal of breaking 80 each day, but was still 22 shots behind leader Shanshan Feng of China. Many questioned why she had been invited considering she has never competed in a LPGA Tour event and this is the richest and final event on the Ladies European Tour.
“I understand where they are coming from. I mean, I’ve played golf and have had good results, but when you look at my game compared to the top players in the world, I’m not in the same league,” the LPGA hopeful said.
“But I wish they could see that I’m working as hard as I can. I may make it, I may not make it. But I’m just trying to focus on what I need to do to get to the next level and trying not to focus on what they say.”
Spiranac entered the event on a sponsor’s exemption, and would likely receive more of those in the future if she sticks with it, but she’s already questioning her future in the sport. When she was asked about returning, Spiranac responded, “I wanted to before all of this, but I’m just not sure if I have it in me or if I’m cut out for this.”
[HT Golf Digest]