Lizette Salas

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Lizette Salas
2013 Women's British Open – Lizette Salas (6).jpg
Personal information
Full nameLizette Salas
Born (1989-07-17) July 17, 1989 (age 30)
Azusa, California, U.S.
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[1]
Nationality United States
ResidenceAzusa, California
Career
CollegeUniversity of Southern California[1]
Turned professional2011[1]
Current tour(s)LPGA Tour (joined 2012)
Symetra Tour (2011)
Professional wins1
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour1
Best results in LPGA major championships
ANA InspirationT17: 2019
Women's PGA C'shipT5: 2019
U.S. Women's OpenT14: 2015
Women's British Open2nd: 2019
Evian ChampionshipT11: 2013

Lizette Salas (born July 17, 1989) is an American professional golfer currently playing on the LPGA Tour.

Early life and education[edit]

Born and raised in Azusa, California, Salas graduated from Azusa High School in 2007 and went on to play college golf at the University of Southern California, where she graduated in 2011 with a degree in sociology. She was the first member of her immediate family to earn a college degree.[2]

Amateur career[edit]

Salas earned a golf scholarship to the University of Southern California. She had three collegiate wins, was named the 2008 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, was Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010, and Pac-10 All-Conference First Team selection in 2009, 2010, and 2011. She also was an NGCA All-American First Team selection in 2009 and 2011.[1] Salas is the only USC student-athlete to be recognized as an All-American all four years. In July 2010 she made her first appearance in a professional tournament after qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open. She shot 79-77 at the tournament and missed the cut.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Salas turned professional in June 2011 upon graduating from the University of Southern California. She competed on the Symetra Tour in 2011, competing in seven tournaments and finishing 45th on the Symetra Tour money list.[4] Also in 2011, she made her first appearance at the U.S. Women's Open as a professional and finished T15. Salas participated in the 2011 LPGA Qualifying School in the fall of 2011, finishing 20th and earning full status on the LPGA Tour for 2012. Salas won her first championship on the LPGA Tour at the 2014 Kingsmill Championship winning by a four-stroke margin.

In 2015, Salas exceeded the $2 million mark in career earnings when she tied for second at the Meijer LPGA Classic. That year she competed for the second time on the U.S. Solheim Cup team. On the tour, she finished sixth on in driving accuracy and 10th in putting average. In 2017, Salas recorded eight top-10 finishes, including a string of four top-five finishes. Her season-best was a T3 finish at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship. She competed for the third time on the U.S. Solheim Cup team. In 2018, she recorded four top-10 finishes, including runner-up finishes at the Kia Classic and the Indy Women in Tech Championship.[1]

Professional wins (1)[edit]

LPGA Tour (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 May 18, 2014 Kingsmill Championship 67-68-65-71=271 −13 4 strokes Australia Sarah Jane Smith
United States Lexi Thompson
Taiwan Yani Tseng

LPGA Tour playoff record (0–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2013 LPGA Lotte Championship Norway Suzann Pettersen Lost to par on first extra hole
2 2018 Indy Women in Tech Championship South Korea Park Sung-hyun Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Results in LPGA majors[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2019.

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
ANA Inspiration T46 T25 CUT CUT T26 T35 T66 T17
U.S. Women's Open CUT T15 T32 T20 WD T14 T26 T15 T17 T26
Women's PGA Championship T25 CUT T37 T19 T30 T11 T8 T5
The Evian Championship ^ T11 T16 T70 CUT T26 T13
Women's British Open 6 43 T25 T14 T47 2

^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013.

  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
T = tied

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
ANA Inspiration 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 6
U.S. Women's Open 0 0 0 0 0 5 10 8
Women's PGA Championship 0 0 0 1 2 5 8 7
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 5
Women's British Open 0 1 0 1 2 4 6 6
Totals 0 1 0 2 4 19 38 32
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 14 (2017 ANA – 2019 British Open, current)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (four times, current)

LPGA Tour career summary[edit]

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made*
Wins 2nds 3rds Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings
(US$)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2010 1 0 0 0 0 0 MC n/a n/a 78.00 n/a
2011 1 1 0 0 0 0 T15 248,6581 n/a 72.50 n/a
2012 18 16 0 0 0 1 T9 242,035 51 71.72 31
2013 24 23 0 1 1 7 2 759,323 15 70.71 12
2014 24 20 1 1 1 4 1 669,106 24 71.45 29
2015 24 22 0 1 0 2 T2 531,096 31 71.36 25
2016 24 20 0 0 0 0 12 333,013 58 71.31 36
2017 27 23 0 0 1 8 T3 878,283 21 70.13 14
2018 24 22 0 2 0 4 2 822,064 23 70.60 21
  • Official as of 2018 season.[5]

* Includes matchplay and other events without a cut.

1 Earnings prior to 2012 are unofficial because Salas was not an LPGA member.

World ranking[edit]

Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.

Year Ranking Source
2011 353 [6]
2012 89 [7]
2013 20 [8]
2014 25 [9]
2015 39 [10]
2016 67 [11]
2017 33 [12]
2018 27 [13]

Team appearances[edit]

Professional

Solheim Cup record[edit]

Year Total
matches
Total
W–L–H
Singles
W–L–H
Foursomes
W–L–H
Fourballs
W–L–H
Points
won
Points
%
Career 10 4–4–2 2–0–1 1–2–1 1–2–0 5 50.0
2013 3 0–1–2 0–0–1 halved w/ S. Pettersen 0–1–1 lost w/ S. Lewis 4&2
halved w/ B. Lincicome
0–0–0 1 33.3
2015 3 1–2–0 1–0–0 def. A. Muñoz 3&1 0–1–0 lost w/ S. Lewis 3&2 0–1–0 lost w/ B. Lang 2&1 1 33.3
2017 4 3–1–0 1–0–0 def. J. Ewart Shadoff 1 up 1–0–0 won w/ D. Kang 1 up 1–1–0 won w/ A. Yin 6&5
lost w/ A. Yin 4&2
3 75.0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Lizette Salas LPGA Tour biography". LPGA. Retrieved April 4, 2013.
  2. ^ "Salas' golf trajectory isn't exactly par for the course". Los Angeles Times. March 22, 2013. Retrieved April 4, 2013.
  3. ^ "65th U.S. Women's Open Championship – Round 4 Full Leaderboard". USGA. July 10, 2010. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
  4. ^ "Symetra Tour Stats". Symetra Tour. Retrieved April 4, 2013.
  5. ^ "Lizette Salas Stats". LPGA. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  6. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 27, 2011.
  7. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 31, 2012.
  8. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 30, 2013.
  9. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 29, 2014.
  10. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 28, 2015.
  11. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 26, 2016.
  12. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 25, 2017.
  13. ^ "Women's World Golf Rankings". December 31, 2018.

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