Lizette Salas: “I’m just a grinder. I’m a fighter”

At the 2021 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, Lizette Salas had an inspiring run to notch a second runner-up performance in her major career, ending three strokes behind eventual champion Nelly Korda. And a few months later, Salas found herself battling for another top finish on the LPGA Tour at Carnoustie. But just as two years before, Salas added another second-place result to her career at the AIG Women’s Open, an event she calls “her favorite.”

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“I came up short two years ago and I fought all week and what people don’t know is that I really wanted to withdraw this week. I was so mentally exhausted. I almost threw in the towel and to put up a fight for four days, and to throw in a new putter in the bag and to put myself in that position, I just have to put things in perspective,” said Salas. “I changed my attitude from Sunday of last week to Wednesday, I changed it, and here we are. I came up just a little short again but pretty proud of myself and how I fought, especially coming down the stretch with those up-and-downs. I guess I’m just a grinder. I’m a fighter. I know nothing is ever going to be handed to me. I don’t want to get emotional again, but this was a whole new, this was a different test of mental toughness and yeah, the experience. KPMG just really boosted my confidence, and here just going through everything, the elements, the weather, just having done so well, I think I’ve just proven to myself again that I could play and that all I could go is up from here.”

Solheim Cup organizers and BMW announced the creation of the BMW Celebrity Match during the week of the 2021 Solheim Cup, which will take place at Inverness Club from August 31 – September 6 in Toledo, Ohio. The celebrity match will be held on Thursday, September 2 at 2 p.m. at Inverness Club, with celebrities and players battling for the inaugural crown.

“We are excited to be able to bring the BMW Celebrity Match at the Solheim Cup to life during event week,” said Solheim Cup tournament director Becky Newell. “The match was designed with fans in mind as a way to elevate the experience for those attending the Solheim Cup, and we’re looking forward to watching these players try their hand at Inverness Club as a kickoff to one of women’s golf’s most distinguished team events.”

The celebrity match will have two teams teeing off No. 10 in a scramble format. Three-time U.S. Solheim Cup team captain and 31-time LPGA Tour winner, Juli Inkster, and six-time U.S. Team member and major champion Morgan Pressel are among the participants, as well as Radio Hall of Fame host and former NFL defensive lineman, Mike Golic. 

One of the teams will also be captained by none other than multi-Platinum selling and three-time GRAMMY Award-winning country artist, Darius Rucker. 

“The Solheim Cup is a prestigious event that I always enjoy watching as a fan of great golf,” said Rucker. “I’m honored to be on the same course as these talented players and can’t wait for some friendly competition in the celebrity match!”.