Ewart on the right course

Jodi’s fantastic end to the season sees her climb the world rankings

debut win on the LPGA Tour cannot be far away for North Yorkshire’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff.

The 28-year-old from Middleham ended an excellent 2016 in the US with a blitz of top finishes to finish the year 31st in the money list and – at the time of writing – in the top 60 in the Rolex World Rankings.

Jodi and Charley Hull, whom she partnered with great success in the 2013 Solheim Cup, are currently the only two English players in that top 60.

Jodi’s close to the season included a tie for second place, two shots behind winner Carlota Ciganda in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico City, with a final round 67 to get to 11 under-par for her best result of the year.

The tournament at Club de Golf Mexico was the penultimate event of a season that concluded with the CME Tour Championship in Naples, Florida.

There, Jodi opened with a 73 before adding an excellent 67 with four birdies on the back nine. A third round 69 kept her in the hunt but she was disappointed with a closing 76 which saw her finish in a tie for 36th place.

That result was good enough to clinch 31st place in the money list with $582,906 as she notched three top 10s, including the US Open, and another seven top 20 finishes.

She will be hoping to carry that form into 2017 and make it into the European team for the second time when the Solheim Cup takes place at Des Moines in Iowa August 14-20.

Brought up in Middleham, North Yorkshire by parents Zoe and Harvey, it quickly became apparent that she had an exceptional golfing talent, which was honed by her coach Andy Marshall, who was pro at Catterick and Masham.

Marshall taught Jodi from the age of 14 and he believes the only thing missing is a victory in a regular LPGA Tour event, which he says she is more than capable of achieving.