Ash Barty's code switch speculation runs wild after stunning feat

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Former World No.1 tennis star Ash Barty (pictured) faces the media.
Former World No.1 tennis star Ash Barty (pictured) won a local golf tournament following her retirement. (Getty Images)

Ash Barty has sent the rumour mill into meltdown after winning a local golf tournament only a few weeks after announcing her shock retirement from tennis.

Barty created history earlier this year when she became the first Australian to win the Aus Open title since Chris O'Neil in 1978.

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However, the three-time grand slam winner and World No.1 announced her shock retirement from tennis after she claimed there were other goals she wanted to achieve in the next chapter of her life.

And, naturally, there has been speculation on what the wildly talented sport star would do after putting down the racquet.

Many suggested she might take up golf, considering her love for the game, and those rumours are growing after Barty won the ladies competition at the Brookwater Golf and Country Club on the weekend.

Barty, playing off a handicap of 4, hit a round of 34 to finish first in a field of five.

While the prize money, $30, may not reach the heights of her $31 million she banked during her illustrious tennis career, the win has again raised eyebrows.

Golf Australia even joked the WPGA Tour was the next step of the talented Aussie.

Ash Barty impresses with golf skills

Barty has impressed with her golfing talents before.

Golf icon Tiger Woods once applauded the Aussies talent at a tournament in the Yarra Valley.

Barty crossed paths with the 15-time major winner before the Presidential Cup.

The Aussie showcased her swing in front of Woods at an event to open the tournament.

And Woods was left impressed.

"She's got a great swing, are you kidding me?" Woods said.

Barty has earned a staggering $31,920,112 across her tennis career, making her the 14th highest-earning female tennis player in history.

But while Barty revealed to reporters that a wedding date with fiancé Garry Kissick had been set, she remained coy on what her next professional move entailed.

Curiously, the 25-year-old's father Rob Barty - himself a former state amateur golfer like wife Josie - has fulled the speculation even further.

Ash Barty, pictured here at a Presidents Cup media opportunity in Melbourne in 2019.
Ash Barty at a Presidents Cup media opportunity in Melbourne in 2019. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

“She’s too good. She can beat me. She’s the best golfer in the house,” Rob Barty told AAP.

“She plays off a three handicap around Brookwater (in Brisbane) and plays a couple of times a year.

“I don’t know what she’s going to do to be honest, but I know she gets a lot of enjoyment out of golf so I think she’ll play (more).

“But I don’t know what she’ll do (professionally).”

with AAP

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