They say that if you believe it, you can achieve it; 2016 U.S. Women’s Open champion Brittany Lang is living proof of that sentiment.
During an interview for the LPGA Takeaway in June at the ShopRite Classic, Lang was asked about her strategy to finally break through to a major win. She had previously finished tied for second in the 2005 U.S. Women’s Open and second in the 2011 Women’s British Open. Until Sunday, her lone win on tour was the 2012 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.
“I have a really good game for majors,” the 30-year-old told GOLF.com. “I’m a really good ball striker, and I hit it a long way and I hit it high. I think it’s a good ball flight for majors, especially U.S. Opens.”
Lang hit 68 % of her fairways at CordeValle and averaged 243 yards off the tee last week. She also really cleaned up around the greens, making just 111 putts during four days of competition. The only player to beat her in that statistic at the women’s national championship? World No. 1, Lydia Ko.
“The players that win the majors make so many putts,” Lang said. “I think I’m starting to do that. I really think to break through, I need to keep confidence with my putter and keep mentally strong and I think I’ll get there.”
Get there she did, finishing six under par after a three hole aggregate playoff against Anna Nordqvist, which sparked controversy on its own.
So, a note to major hopefuls: Believe it, then do it. It worked for Brittany!