For the third time since 2016, Trish Johnson and The Pete Dye Course at French Lick proved to be the perfect pairing.
Leading wire to wire, the Englishwoman captured the 2021 Senior LPGA Championship title, edging runner-up Becky Morgan by one stroke. Johnson opened the tourney with the best 18 holes of any round (67) and never left the top of the leaderboard after that. With a 7-under total of 209, Johnson had enough cushion to hold off Morgan (-6), Lisa DePaulo and Barb Moxness (both -4), Laura Diaz (-3) and Juli Inkster (-2).
Johnson captured the first Senior LPGA title at French Lick in 2017 and won the last Senior LPGA Championship contested on the course, as The Pete Dye Course wrapped up a four-year run of hosting the major for senior women. Johnson also won the final Legends Tour Championship at The Pete Dye Course in 2016, prior to the sanctioning of the Senior LPGA event the following year.
Johnson couldn’t forget her first foray on The Pete Dye Course years ago on The Pete Dye Course. She shot an 82 that day, but a third title on the hilly and challenging layout proves that Johnson has become friends with this Pete Dye gem.
“I always knew I would like it. I’m a huge believer in horses for courses,” she said. “You see people they just like somewhere and it gives them confidence. I was hoping that I’d do well this week.”