Olafia Kristinsdottir: 'I want to be the Federer of women's golf'

Updated 5:23 AM ET, Wed September 12, 2018

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With imprecision punished by a ball landing in the lava fields, Icelandic golfers have an extra incentive to make the fairways. Some courses lie inside old volcanoes and require players to battle howling winds as they hit shots over expanses of ocean. The golf season only lasts from May to September, before the elements take hold and the sensible take shelter indoors. It couldn't be further from the azaleas of Augusta National. And yet, for all the obstacles, golf in the land of fire and ice is thriving.

Just ask Ólafía Kristinsdóttir, the country's first ever professional golfer. "Icelanders, I think we are kind of cool in that we believe anything is possible," she tells CNN Sport. Kristinsdóttir only joined the elite LPGA Tour in 2017 but has such strong self-belief that she says she wants to be the "Roger Federer of women's golf." But her rise through the ranks — capped with a hole in one at this year's ANA Inspiration — is symptomatic of a wider trend.

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