Cyna Rodriguez made waves in 2015 after becoming the first Filipina to break into the LPGA Tour in 15 years via a fourth place finish in the Final LPGA Qualifying School at the LPGA International Hills Course in Florida, United States. Rodriguez, a former Philippine Ladies Open champion, also has a number of amateur titles in the country and abroad under her belt.
The accomplished lady golfer tells The Manila Times the evolution of her golf career.
The Manila Times: How did you get into golf?
Cyna Rodriguez: My father plays golf and he would drag me during the weekends when I was around 10 years old to hit balls on the range.
TMT: Why did you choose golf?
CR: I love the mental aspect of the game. You are competing against yourself and everything you do is up to you. Your attitude also plays a big part of your game.
TMT: Why do you think female golfers are more successful than their male counterparts in Asia?
CR: I think it’s more difficult to compete at a men’s caliber. There are a lot more male golfers compared to female golfers.
TMT: Is there gender bias in golf?
CR: Yes, definitely. The PGA tour has a bigger purse than LPGA. I would love to see more people watch female golfers play.
TMT: How do you prepare for competition?
CR: I do yoga almost everyday to keep my muscles loose and to keep myself flexible. On off weeks, I usually hit the gym to lift weights working on my arms and legs. I do boxing too for transition and explosion.
TMT: Which part of being a competitive golfer you love most?
CR: Traveling to different countries, meeting new people, and learning about their cultures.
TMT: What is your most memorable victory?
CR: Junior World 2006. I was unsure that I wanted to play golf full time and winning that tournament made me realize that I am actually pretty good at this sport.
TMT: Do you have other interests outside of golf?
CR: A lot. I love boxing and wake skating. I used to play a lot of basketball when I was younger.
TMT: What do you hope you achieve in your career?
CR: Be the No.1 golfer in the world and help develop the sport in the Philippines.
TMT: Which golfer do you admire most?
CR: Rory McIlroy. His timing is exceptional.
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3-time Ladies Philippine Golf Tour Order of Merit
• CHAMPION, ICTSI Eagle Ridge Ladies Invitational LPGT, September 2014
• CHAMPION, ICTSI Mount Malarayat Ladies Classic LPGT, August 2014
• CHAMPION, ICTSI Camp John Hay Ladies Invitational LPGT, July 2014
• CHAMPION, ICTSI Orchard Golf Ladies Classic LPGT, April 2014
• CHAMPION, ICTSI Wack-Wack Ladies Invitational Tournament LPGT, September 2013
• CHAMPION, ICTSI Eagle Ridge Ladies Invitational Tournament LPGT, August 2013
Professional Wins: 6
Top 10 Finishes: 13
LADIES ASIAN GOLF TOUR
PHILIPPINE GOLF TOUR
THAI LPGA TOUR
2013 LPGT Order of Merit
2014 LPGT Order of Merit
2015 LPGT Order of Merit
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WHAT’S IN THE BAG
►Driver: Taylor Made M2
►Fairway woods: Taylor Made M2 (3W 16.51) (5W 21) (Hybrid 24)
►Irons: M2 tour 4-7, Psi Tour (8-PW)
►Wedges: Taylor Made EF TP Dark (50, 54, 60)
►Putter: Scotty Cameron Futura x7
►Ball: Titleist ProV1x