Gabriela Ruffels has been included in the field for next week's Women's PGA Championship, in a major boost for the rising Australian golf star.
The 21-year-old, who made her debut as a professional on the Tour in February, has been given a sponsor's invitation along with American Maria Fassi for the major at Atlanta Athletic Club in John's Creek.
Ruffels has had several finishes in the top 20, tying for 15th at the 2020 ANA Inspiration and 19th at this year's edition. She also tied for 13th in the 2020 US Women's Open.
"I'm excited," said Ruffels, who also won the 2019 US Women's Amateur championship after a decorated college career at the University of Southern California.
"I'm excited. I've never played in KPMG. I'm pretty sure as an amateur in 2020 I played in all the other majors, so I've never played in that one. Really looking forward to it." – Gabi Ruffels
"I've never played in KPMG," she told Golfweek . I'm pretty sure as an amateur in 2020 I played in all the other majors, so I've never played in that one. Really looking forward to it."
Ruffels will have plenty of inspiration with Australians Jan Stephenson (1982), Karrie Webb (2001) and Hannah Green (2019) previously winning the tournament.
The 23-year-old Fassi, who has been recovering from knee surgery in April, is a former individual NCAA champion in 2019.
She made her return to the links in last week's LPGA Mediheal Championship but missed the cut after shooting a 79-74, finishing her 36 holes at nine-over-par 153.
Fassi, a native of Mexico, has missed the cut in six of her seven events since the start of the calendar year.