Paolozzi looks headed for final round at National Championship

Karen Paolozzi
PGA of America
One day after becoming the second woman professional to make the 36-hole cut in the National Championship, Karen Paolozzi shot a 6-over 78 on Tuesday.
By T.J. Auclair
PGA.com
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 | 6:29 p.m.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Karen Paolozzi became just the second woman professional to make the 36-hole cut in the PGA Professional National Championship on Monday.

But the job wasn't done. For the first time in National Championship history, there's a 54-hole cut that reduces the final-round field to the low 70 scores and ties.

Despite shooting a 6-over 78 on the Dunes Golf & Beach Club, it looks like Paolozzi is going to sneak into that top 70 at 8-over 224.

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"The fairways were very soft after the morning rain," the 31-year-old Paolozzi said, "so you had to be careful for some possible mud-balls out there. The greens were really still firm, so they weren't any easier in my opinion. They had some really tough pins out there. This is a tough golf course."

For the second straight day at the Dunes, Paolozzi went out with a 3-over 39. She had a far more colorful back nine with three bogeys, a double bogey and two birdies.

"The 54-hole cut was definitely on my mind today," she admitted. "I didn't really hit the ball all that well. I was really grinding and trying to hold on as hard as I could. It was really nice to get that birdie on No. 17 and know I was still in the tournament. I hit a nice shot in there. It felt good to know that I can still do it under pressure."

Paolozzi said her No. 1 goal this week was to make the 36-hole cut. Now, unless something crazy happens with the cut line, she will finish the tournament.

"It sounds like I'm in for the final round," she said. "I'd like to hear the official word, but it sounds like I'm in and all is good. I'm thrilled to still be here. I hope I can put a good round together tomorrow. My golf swing is a little tired. I'm not used to all this golf, so I need to get some rest and take it easy this evening." 

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.