Maria Fassi told her mom, ‘hey, I think I remembered how to play golf’ — but she had a wild back nine on Saturday

There was no true summer vacation for Maria Fassi, who was trying to bounce back from a spring knee surgery and subsequently missed a number of cuts on the LPGA tour, working through the process along the way.

But the 23-year-old bomber appears to be back to full strength, as evidenced by her fifth-place showing at the ShopRite LPGA Classic and then another string of solid rounds at this week’s Cognizant Founders Cup in West Caldwell, New Jersey.

After firing a 69 on Saturday — good enough to put her T-6 heading into Sunday’s final round — Fassi told the Golf Channel that she made a significant declaration to her mother.

“I was on the phone with my mom today and I was like, ‘hey, I think I remembered how to play golf,’ ” Fassi said with a wide smile.

Saturday’s back nine was certainly a wild ride. Fassi’s only par came on No. 13 while the rest of the card was certainly colorful.

But in the end, the University of Arkansas product feels she’s making tremendous progress, and she’s happy with playing her way into contention in consecutive events after a rough stretch to start the year.

“It was a tough start (to the season). It was just not the way I like to play…


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