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Olson keeps positive attitude despite tough loss

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Amy Olson wasn’t devastated losing Sunday at the Evian Championship.

The self-described small town girl from Oxbow, N.D., told us she wouldn’t be.

“If my moment is going to come, it will come,” she said before sleeping on a two-shot lead on Saturday night. “If it doesn't, I'll be OK. I'm very content with my life and where I am. Obviously, winning adds greatly to it, but not as much as most people would think.”

Olson lost to Angela Stanford in gut-wrenching fashion, by one shot with a double bogey at the last.

It was gut wrenching because she held at least a share of Sunday’s lead all day, until tapping in her last putt.

Still, Olson, 26, took it exactly the way she said she would. She took it in stride, as a learning experience in her still young career.


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“I'm very pleased,” she said. “This is my best finish, I believe, in a major so that's always a positive.

“Obviously, disappointed to finish the way I did, but, honestly, I did everything I could, and double bogeys happen.”

Olson was trying to make her first LPGA victory a major championship. While she didn’t win, she continued to show she has a game and disposition that seems built for majors. She played her way into the final pairing at the ANA Inspiration in April and picked up her first top 10 in a major there.

Olson doesn’t look at leaderboards. She said she didn’t know she had a one-shot lead on Stanford until after hitting her tee shot at the 18th. Her trouble began with her drive. She hooked it in deep rough. She wanted to know where she stood on the leaderboard before deciding how to play that shot. She pitched out into the fairway. She then left her approach 40 feet from the hole. She three putted from there.