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At Founders Cup, Maria Fassi continues to prove to herself that she’s back

WEST CALDWELL, N.J. – Is Maria Fassi back?

When Fassi had her breakout moment on the national golf stage at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, the potential for what she might achieve as a professional seemed limitless. But upon joining the LPGA in 2019, on the heels of her megawatt performance at Augusta National, Fassi struggled. She recorded just a single top-10 finish in her first two seasons on the LPGA and missed the cut in 10 of her first 11 events of 2021 while also missing seven weeks during that span because of left-knee surgery.

But on Saturday morning, Fassi made a call to her mother. It was a call to let her know that her daughter, the one who went toe-to-toe with Jennifer Kupcho before finishing a close second at Augusta National, had returned.

“I was like, ‘Hey, I think I remembered how to play golf,’” Fassi told her mother.

It was a call that affirmed what golf fans witnessed during the final round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic last Sunday, when Fassi mounted a charge with a final-round 64 to earn her first top-5 finish on tour. Fassi rode that momentum into this week’s Cognizant Founders Cup, where she sits T-6 heading into Sunday’s final…

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