Maja Stark has the world at her feet after securing another win on the Ladies European Tour at the ISPS Handa World Invitational. The tournament was co-sanctioned with the LPGA Tour, meaning she earned an automatic invite to play on the tour. The Swede has a choice to make whether to go across immediately or wait until the start of next season and play her rookie year in 2023.
Maja Stark secured a place on the PGA Tour with victory at the ISPS Handa World Invitational, and the winning formula was “don’t try to be Tiger Woods”.
Stark is one of the brightest talents in golf, and was a four-time winner on the Ladies European Tour prior to her arrival in Northern Ireland for the ISPS Handa World Invitational.
The laser-focused 22-year-old was well aware it was a co-sanctioned event with the LPGA Tour, and that victory would guarantee her an invite to play on the biggest tour in women’s golf.
Stark kept herself in the hunt for three rounds before roaring into life on Sunday at Galgorm Castle.
A course record 63 helped her secure victory by five-shots, and she will soon be plying her trade full time on the LPGA Tour.
Stark’s idol is the legendary Tiger Woods and she has modelled her game on the 15-time major winner.
Tiger Woods was a serial winner, in a way Stark is becoming, but she deviated from her plan of being Tiger in Northern Ireland.
“My coach said don’t try to be Tiger Woods, just try to be you,” Stark said following her impressive win.
“I did not expect this at all. If you told me a year ago that I would have a win on the LPGA, I would not have believed it.”
Stark now has a decision to make. Victory earns her an invite to the LPGA Tour. She can choose to move over immediately, defer her rookie season to the start of next season, or not move at all and remain in Europe to develop her game.
Stark would not be drawn in the hours after the event, but her reaction suggested it would boil down to option one or two.