I wanted to quit golf in 2020 when my grandfather died

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The year 2020 was difficult for all the inhabitants of this planet Earth. COVID has changed the way of life. We had to get used to a completely new lifestyle, and many felt the consequences of that. Lilia Vu also had a similar experience.

2020 was not great for her. In her rookie season on the LPGA Tour, she had bad performances, and the moment when her grandfather died of COVID was another downfall for her. “Right during COVID, my grandpa passed away and I was on the verge of quitting golf,” Vu said for lpga.com “I went to an Epson event and once I landed back home, I got a call from my aunt.

She was like, ‘Grandpa is at the emergency again and he passed.’ I actually visited him before I went to my tournament, and the last thing he ever said to me was ‘Good luck and go try and win.’” A year Later, her great results brought her back to the LPGA.

“I know the win I’m most proud of was the one at Twin Bridges Championship because I remember getting super angry on the 8th hole, to the point where I slammed my putter,” Vu said. “As I was walking from eight to nine, I literally said to myself, ‘Grandpa would be so disappointed seeing you acting like this.’ I changed my mindset, instantly birdied 9 and then I told myself to just go have fun on the back nine , came out with a win after that”.


Her form is getting better and better, and her performances at the BMW Ladies Championship give great optimism. “I had the lefts today and it was just a constant battle of trying to hit the fairway,” Vu said on Saturday.

“But I try not to overcorrect, that will create a two-way miss. I’d rather just play with that until the end and then figure it out later because you never want to overcorrect on the golf course. So, I’m going to go to the range and work that out a little bit before tomorrow”.

Vu changed her mindset. “My mindset is the next shot could be the best shot you ever hit in your life,” Vu said. “I just try to stay positive and try not to be too hard on myself and have fun”.

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