Bailey Tardy secures 1st LPGA win at Blue Bay, China

Five birdies over closing eight holes puts Tardy in the winners circle.

Mizuno’s Bailey Tardy opened her LPGA winners account with an impressive victory at the 2024 Blue Bay in Hainan Island, China.  Five birdies over the closing eight holes demonstrated Tardy’s confidence  – closing at 15 under and breaking the 72-hole scoring record by a total of 6 shots.  Tardy is in just her 2nd season on the LPGA Tour, but leading the 2023 Women’s US Open after three rounds at Pebble Beach was a sign of immense promise from the rookie.

I got off to a little slow start on the front nine, and then just really stayed patient out there. I can’t say that I woke up today knowing I was going to shoot 65 or knowing I needed to go that low to win.  I just knew it was going to be a tough day. I thought that everybody was going to play really well. The leaderboard was stacked and the conditions were windy, so just really proud of myself and how I handled myself.

Tardy’s route to stardom has not been a smooth one.  A standout player at the University of Georgia – Tardy looked fated to golfing stardom from the start.  Named SEC Freshman of the Year in 2016, winning the 2018 Georgia State Amateur Championship, qualifying for the US Women’s Open in 2014, 2016 and 2017, and being a member of the 2016 Curtis Cup – Bailey was expected to quickly work her way onto the LPGA Tour upon turning professional.