Rose Chan, a two-time NCAA women’s golf individual champion and longtime world No. 1 amateur, has announced her decision to turn pro. The 20-year-old Stanford sophomore will make her professional debut at the Mizuho Americas Open at the Liberty National Golf Club. Her announcement was made on Instagram and she will hold a press conference in Jersey City, New Jersey, next Tuesday. Her professional debut is one of the most anticipated in the history of women’s professional golf.
Chan competed in the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open at the age of 16 and won the 2020 U.S. Amateur. She tied for 11th at the 2020 ANA Inspiration of the LPGA Major but chose to attend Stanford University instead of turning pro. Her second season at Stanford produced a historic breakthrough with 12 wins out of 20 college tournaments, breaking Tiger Woods’ all-time school victory record. Chan also tied Lorena Ochoa for most wins in Pac-12 women’s golf history and won the Women’s Individual National Championships in 2022 and 2023 and led Stanford to the 2022 Team National Title.
Chan’s accolades are too numerous to list and her college record-setting scoring record of 68.70 in 27 rounds is exceptional. In total, she finished above par in 50 of her 58 rounds and shot 31 rounds in the 60s. Coaches have praised her whole-part and decision-making approach to her game.
Chan is expected to be a top 15 or 20 player in the world and has already signed significant name, image and likeness deals during her college years. She has seven-figure deals with Callaway, Adidas, and more. She will play all five majors this summer and plans to secure an LPGA Tour card using tournament waivers. Her next competitions after the Mizuho Americas Open are the U.S. Women’s Open at Pebble Beach, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Balthasurr, and the Dana Open and the Evian Championship.