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Tattar Flawless; On the Brink of First World Title

By Baker Helton
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Kristin Tattar’s putter only touched the ground three times during round 4 (two of those three misses were from C2) and she didn’t go out of bounds once. Not once.

That’s about all you need to know about the level of play that the Estonian phenom brought to bear as she pursued her first world title and second career PDGA major.

Tattar came into the fourth round tied with Henna Blomroos, and the two traded blows early as Blomroos missed the birdie on hole 2, only to make up for it by carding one of only two eagles on the day on hole 3.

Blomroos, who had never finished a round with a share of the lead in a PDGA Major or Elite Series event before this event, briefly grabbed out the outright lead on hole 6 before giving it back with a two-stroke swing on hole 8.

It wasn’t until a string of Tattar birdies on holes 13 through 16, punctuated by an 84-foot dagger on hole 14, that she began to firmly distance herself. A Blomroos three-putt for double bogey on hole 17 gave Tattar another two strokes, leaving her with a formidable five-stroke lead heading into the final day.

“I feel like I have a very strong game plan, nothing really special,” Tattar said. “But if I follow the game plan and I give myself opportunities and make the putts, it should be easy.”

Paige Pierce’s Hopes Dim

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Paige Pierce found trouble on the back 9 of the Emporia Country Club course on Friday. Photo: Justin Anderson / PDGA Media

Five-time PDGA World Champion, Paige Pierce, came into round 4 only three shots behind the leaders and seemed on track early to make a run, going five down after six holes.

But that’s where things started to fall apart.

Bogeys on holes 9 and 11 were followed up by a four-putt on hole 13, leaving Pierce with a double bogey and dimming hopes for a sixth world title.

She would go on to card the solo birdie on the island hole 16, but it was likely too little too late for Pierce, whose 1-under round leaves her 13-shots behind the leader, Tattar.

Catch the Final Round

Should Tattar go on to win, she would be the first European to win a Worlds since Birgitta Lagerholm of Sweden became the only player – man or woman – to do so when she won the Des Moines Worlds in 2004.

She would also be the first Estonian to win Worlds, as well as the first mom to do so.

It’s enough to add a heap of pressure on any player that stops to think about it. But Tattar has said that she is doing everything she can to treat this event just like any other tournament.

If can succeed in doing that tomorrow, she will walk away with the trophy.

Live coverage of final round action kicks off at 9 a.m. CT, free on YouTube.