Carner won five U.S. Amateurs at match play, and her long-ball hitting would be intimidating in the one-on-one battle on Monday. She opened with a birdie and by the 14th tee had a four-stroke lead and her acceptance speech written.
Dogged to the end, Palmer picked up five strokes in the next three holes to take the lead as Carner hit into trees and sand. Then JoAnne birdied the 17th with an eight-foot putt, Palmer bogeyed the final two holes and it was over. Carner won by two strokes and walked away relieved. After banging her head against the U.S. Women's Open for five days, it felt good to quit a winner.