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2021 Pro Worlds

2021 Pro Worlds

Lisa Fajkus jumped into a tie for second place at PDGA Pro Worlds after the second round. Photo: Conrad Meyer / PDGA

OGDEN, Utah — There was movement all over the leaderboard after the second round of the PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships.

Except at the top.

Lisa Fajkus walked off the course at Mulligans with a big, confident smile. Catrina Allen felt like her round was even better than the scorecard indicated. Kristin Tattar picked up steam heading down the stretch and jumped right back into the spotlight.

Ricky Wysocki finds himself in a familiar position atop the leader board at Pro Worlds. Photo: Conrad Meyer / PDGA Media

OGDEN, Utah — Nearly 24 months have passed since the 2019 PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships were contended in Peoria, Illinois, and with memories of a lost opportunity fresh in everyone’s mind, and more at stake than ever before, this year’s Pro Worlds seems to have been designed to become a pressure cooker.

Sarah Giplin lines up a putt on Tuesday at The Fort in Utah. Photo: Hayden Henry / PDGA

OGDEN, Utah — A wide range of emotions accompany the opening rounds of the world championships, nervousness, excitement and frustration among them.

Five-time champion Paige Pierce felt the nerves when stepping up to the first teebox on Tuesday. Sarah Gilpin had a similiar feeling coming down the stretch of Tuesday’s first round and, after tapping our her final putt, joy took over.

“It’s amazing — unexpected,” said Gilpin with an emotional smile on her face. “I figured I was shooting one of the best rounds of my life when the cameras showed up.

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  • Date: 22-Jun to 26-Jun-2021
  • Location: Ogden, Utah, United States
  • Tournament Director: Jade Sewell
  • Asst. Tournament Director: Robert Bullen

Paige Pierce, Paul McBeth, Paige Shue and Gregg Barsby are the 2019 and 2018 PDGA World Champions. Photos: PDGA Media

A PDGA World Championship title is a life-changing and career-defining achievement.

With that crown comes notoriety, a place amongst disc golf's best. Every tournament after that victory, the player will be announced as a World Champion. Their name will be etched into the history of the sport forever.

But first, the battle must be won.

Beginning Tuesday, the PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championship returns after a year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paige Pierce took down the putting and distance competitions on Sunday. Photo: PDGA Media

There were cheers, laughs, a little bit of smack talk and good times on Sunday during the annual Field Events competitions at the PDGA Professional Disc Golf World Championships.

Oh yeah, there were some monster drives, big putts and overall skills on display as well.

Valerie Mandujano and Mason Ford took down the Mixed Doubles title at the 2021 PDGA Pro World Championship. Photo: Hayden Henry / PDGA Media

Valerie Mandujano and Mason Ford set the pace after the first round of Mixed Doubles in the best shot format. In the afternoon, they proved to be a one-two punch in the alternate shot portion.

That added up to a title to kick off PDGA Pro Worlds week in Ogden, Utah.