April 29, 2019: It took 57 holes, but Cydney Clanton (Concord, North Carolina) completed a stellar effort in El Dorado, Ark. by finding the bottom of the cup for birdie on the third frame of a sudden-death playoff with Julieta Granada (Asuncion, Paraguay) to win the fifth annual Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout.
It is the second career Symetra Tour victory for the Auburn University alumna. She captured the 2013 Four Winds Invitational, also in the form of a sudden-death playoff. This afternoon, Clanton battled to an even par performance that featured two double bogeys, two bogeys and six birdies. She also withstood a furious charge from Granada, who put together an outstanding 3-under par 69 final round.
“The other playoff was seven holes, so to do it in three holes was a lot nicer not having to go back to the tee again,” Clanton said with a smile. “Everybody is like, ‘Why aren’t you more excited?’ I don’t know if it has hit yet. It has been a weird year, coming in this was my first event of the year. It’s kind of crazy to be standing here doing this interview.”
There isn’t much time for celebration as Clanton has a quick turnaround from a competitive schedule standpoint. She is off to Virginia and will tee it up on Tuesday at Springfield Golf & Country Club in a 36-hole sectional qualifier for the 74th U.S Women’s Open Championship.