The 21-year-old American showed she was the strongest player on Tour by winning the Quad City Classic on Monday to take her career prize money tally to $2.5 million. The victory has moved her to No. 5 in the Women’s Tour rankings.
The 14-time LPGA Tour winner, who is to leave the tour at the end of this season after helping the team defend its title at the Evian Masters, said: “I made a couple more putts on Sunday and when I came back into the tournament I wanted to pick it up and build on last week.
“Yesterday I was really nervous because it was the first round of the LPGA season after 10 weeks off and I wanted to feel good again and, feeling the nerves, I was like, ‘Do I really want to play golf and win and take it for granted? Or do I want to play golf and enjoy the game?’
“I think that decision was for me to have fun. I wasn’t thinking about anything. I was just going to enjoy every moment. I wasn’t thinking about the win and being in the spotlight. I was just enjoying playing golf.
“I think that with that attitude, the last few days, the confidence of playing well again, putting together rounds of golf that, you know, I thought, ‘You know what? I’m going to enjoy the moment.’ ”