Willpower is a Swiss player, so the 28-year-old went through the years of training for this week’s Saudia Ladies International Pro-Am with the sense that there would be a birdie or two.
She didn’t bring the expected amount of results to prove her mettle, though. Pedersen finished in a tie for 30th place in an 18-player field at Willard’s Bedouin Golf Club in West Jordan, Utah. She had two bogeys and two birdies, two of them on challenging par 5s.
“I need more control of my game,” she said. “It’s going to take more time. I’ve just got to keep practicing.”
Pro-Am week is something that Pedersen, a member of the Swiss Women’s Open Tour, hadn’t really thought about until now. Her results since her last tournament, at Karen Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, six weeks ago have been better, but not good enough.
“I came here to play like the last couple of weeks,” she said. “It just didn’t work out. Maybe I should stick with like if I don’t think about it, I will do well.”
She had a chance to go higher in the standings, but finished 23rd in the Women’s World Ranking despite the spotty finish.
“I could have done better,” she said. “I know that. I think now I’m going to do something. Maybe just shoot something in the 60s.”