Report: Olson contending, coping with father-in-law’s death

HOUSTON (AP) — Amy Olson, in the final group of the U.S. Women’s Open as she goes for her first victory, now is coping with heartache over the sudden death of her father-in-law in North Dakota, Golfweek reported Sunday night.

The LPGA Tour confirmed to Golfweek on Olson’s behalf that Lee Olson died Sunday night.

Olson’s husband, Grant, is the linebackers coach at North Dakota State. He had flown into Houston this weekend to watch his wife try to win at Champions Golf Club. She went into the final round one shot behind Hinako Shibuno. The round was suspended by rain about 25 minutes before Olson was to tee off, and it will resume Monday morning.

The LPGA said Grant Olson had returned to North Dakota to be with his mother and brother.

Olson, 28, won 20 times at North Dakota State to tie an NCAA record. She has yet to win in seven years on the LPGA Tour, losing a chance to win a major in the Evian Championship two years ago until a double bogey on the final hole to finish one behind.

The Olsons were married in 2017.

She was asked after her opening round, which included a hole-in-one, if it was tough to win so much in college and have to wait so long to win as a pro.

“The biggest thing I’ve learned is perspective, and what do I consider success,” she said. “And at the end of my life, it’s not going to be a number of tournaments that I’ve won. It’s how I live my life, so trying to maintain that perspective, I think, is really important for me.”

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