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Johansson gets off to a good start in Fort Myers | LPGA

A first-round 66 for former Epson Tour student Linnea Johansson marked her career-best score on the LPGA Tour and head-butted the Oklahoma State University graduate in the LPGA Championship Drive On at Crown Colony Golf & Country Club.

Johansson started his fabulous performance in Fort Myers, Fla. with four consecutive birdies. The navigation took place without incident until the end, with the exception of a small failure on the n°16.

“It was pretty crazy to start with four birdies,” said Johansson, who led all Division I women’s golf with 132 birdies as a junior at OSU in 2016. “It’s golf. You you never know what’s going to happen. I just tried to stay in the moment and enjoy the birdies I made. I wanted to keep going.

“Especially when you get to 14, 15, 16. It narrows down and it was windy. You need to pick a target with a bit more cushion and try to hit a shot that gives you a bit more room for error, and just hit the best shot possible.

In 2019, Johansson finished tied for 26th in the LPGA Q-Series to earn Tour membership for the first time as a 2020 rookie. With the ups and downs of the past two years, Johansson has been working overtime to establish his LPGA career, even if it meant splitting his time competing on the Epson Tour.

She had a career-best finish on the Epson Tour of runner-up at the 2020 Mission Inn Resort & Club Championship Presented by IOA and tied for second at the 2021 Prasco Charity Championship. Each of those results, and LPGA tournaments which she participated in when the opportunity presented itself, created a mountain of motivation and belief that she belongs on the biggest stage in women’s professional golf. This all manifested in a tie for eighth appearance in the 2021 LPGA Q-Series to secure full Tour membership for 2022.

“I think so. I’m motivated to be here,” Johansson said. “After Q-Series, it definitely gave me a lot of energy. There are other aspects of life too, so having a perspective on life and what’s going on, golf isn’t everything, but I think a little awareness about it gave me a little more motivation.