Last week, Angela Stanford earned her 5th career LPGA Tour win on the 3rd playoff hole of the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore. She did not think anything of topping a ball in competition because the ball ended up being a layup in front of the water and the fact is she went on to win. Playing in the final group, she was quite nervous and when the rain delay forced her to wait on her second shot to 18, she was even more nervous because she had struggled on the hole all week. She felt that they probably would have had the option to warm up before returning to the course if they wanted to but they did not and with daylight fading, she was just happy to get back on the course and into the playoff.
The pin placement at 18 was very difficult and they had to play the hole over and over again during the playoff and she was just happy to win the playoff by making three pars. Her win does not change her goals for 2012 because her main goal has always been winning a Major and if anything else, her win on Sunday gives her more confidence that she can win a Major this year.
She grew up playing team sports and there is definitely a difference between playing for yourself and playing for a team. If she had lost the playoff in Singapore, she would have let herself down but when you lose in the Solheim Cup, you are potentially letting your team down and your country but that intense pressure is part of what makes the event so special.
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