Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play Round of 16 Match Recaps | LPGA
Andrea Lee (48) def. Caroline Masson (32), 2 and 1
Both Andrea Lee and Caroline Masson arrived in the round of 16 undefeated. However, given that Masson had just landed the No. 1 seed Minjee Lee on the final day of group play, the momentum seemed to be strongly in his favor. Right off the bat, Masson battled his way to an early 2 lead, winning the first hole with a par and the third hole with a birdie. But Lee wasn’t just going to lie down. After winning the fourth hole with a birdie, Lee sank another on the fifth to make the match, then added one more on the seventh to go up 1.
Masson tied things up with a par in the tenth, but Lee regained the lead in the 13th with a par. Another par from Masson again squared the game with three to play. Lee eventually made back-to-back pars to win 16th and 17th, beating Masson, 2 and 1, to advance to the quarter-finals.
“Missed my first hole, so not the best start, but I birdied four in a row,” Lee said. “Some of the holes in the back nine are a bit tougher with the hole locations and trying to get the clearance points on the hazards. Fifteen was a tough hole and I made a mistake. Caro hit him in the penalty area and I followed suit. It’s definitely not something you want to do if you want to play it safe. So, I lost that hole, but I remained very patient. There were three holes left and just parried 16, 17, and luckily that was good enough. Caro was a big opponent today so it was a tough game.
Jenny Shin (38) defeats. Annie Park (54), 2 and 1
Las Vegas resident jenny shin continued to roll the dice on Saturday at the Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play presented by MGM Rewards with a win over the No. 54 seed Annie Park. Shin came out early, winning five of the first eight holes, but Park didn’t back down. She eagled No. 9 and birdied No. 11 to come back to 3 down, then carded back-to-back birdies on 15 and 16, leaving Shin 1 with two to go. Despite Park’s valiant efforts, it only took Shin a draw on the tricky par-3 of 17 to close the match, 2 and 1. She qualified for the quarter-finals with a record of 3-0-1.
“Better than last year,” said Shin, who lost to Eun-Hee Ji in the Round of 16 in 2021. “I’ve played enough matches where 5-up really doesn’t mean anything, especially coming into the first nine. . I knew she was going to fight back. She didn’t make herself up here for nothing. I tried my best. I had a little trouble with my shots towards the end. I had to make a lot of normal saves but I didn’t lose any shots so I’m pretty happy with that.
Lilia Vu (51) def. Allison Corpuz (62), 4 and
Graduated from the Epson Tour Lilia Vu and LPGA Tour rookie Allisen Corpuz may be friends off the golf course, but no mercy was shown in their Round of 16 match on Saturday at the Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play presented by MGM Rewards. After the pair got matching pars on the first three holes, Vu went up 1 with a birdie on the 4th, reached 2 with another birdie on the 6th and extended their lead to 3 after winning the eighth hole with a par. . Corpuz recovered a hole with a birdie on the par-5 ninth, but Vu won holes 11 and 12 with pars to go up 4, eventually ending the match on the 15th with a par to win 4 and 3.
“I think when we started it was 79 degrees. It’s not quite my California weather, but it was better than the last two days,” Vu said of Saturday’s warmer conditions. “I didn’t feel completely rested this morning, so I was just trying to focus on one thing at a time, not to push myself. (Allisen and I) are very good friends. We played in LA a few weeks ago, so it was nice to play with her again and catch up. I think it was definitely friendlier than the other games I’ve had this week.
Ayaka Furue (10) defeats Paula Reto (58), 2 and 1
Playing for par was the No. 10 seed Ayaka Furue needed to defeat the No. 58 seed Paula Reto, 2 and 1, and qualify for the quarter-finals. The Japanese rookie made 12 pars over 17 holes of play, taking the lead on the second hole and never giving up. With an emphasis on “getting it back to the middle part of my game,” a tactic she’s used all week, Furue fought through some struggles on most of the back nine. This is where his peers became important. After Reto came back to 1 with a par 10, she and Furue tied the next three holes. Ayaka then parried the No. 14 to regain his 2 lead and never returned it.
“I gave myself a lot of birdie chances, so I was just waiting for one, but I kept getting pars,” she said. “It’s pretty important to make those saves around here and I was able to land a few on the way in.”
Jodi Ewart Shadoff (50) beats. Tiffany Chan (63), 4 and 3
Waking up at five o’clock on Saturday morning was a bit of a shock for Jodi Ewart Shadoffwho started against Tiffany Chan at 8:10 a.m. for their Round of 16 match. If she was tired, however, it didn’t show. In fact, the No. 50 seed left the course early for the fourth straight day, beating Chan 4 and 3.
The two golfers fought back and forth on the front nine, with Chan 1-7, until Ewart Shadoff changed the momentum, carding an eagle on the par-5 ninth. From there, consistency of play and a “middle of the green, middle of the fairway” mindset were all she needed to overpower her opponent and conquer the tricky back nine of Shadow Creek.
“I just made a lot of pars today and I think the pars here are really good scores. They seem to win a lot of holes. I didn’t really have a lot of birdie opportunities today” , she said. “I felt like the course was playing maybe a little bit tougher, tougher pin locations, so I stayed patient.”
Madelene Sagstrom (12) beats. Emma Talley (60), 4 and 2
With a birdie on the par-4 first hole, the Swede Madeleine Sagstrom immediately had the advantage in their Round of 16 match with Emma Talley. Two-time European Cup Solheim player Sagstrom never trailed in her 4-and-2 win over Talley, though the Kentuckian tied the match on four holes. Sagstrom then birdied the par-3 fifth to regain a 1 lead and never let Talley back into the game, advancing to the quarter-finals with a birdie winner on the par-5 16th hole.
“I didn’t make too many mistakes, and I think that’s kind of what you have to do when the golf course is tough and you’re trying to slowly but surely build momentum,” Sagstrom said, now 4-0-0 for the event. “I was kind of trying to let her make the mistakes first and hopefully not me. I made a few birdies, threw the ball on first and stuff like that, but it’s solid. Normal is good here.
Eun-Hee Ji (36) defeated. Hye-Jin Choi (20), 2 and 1
In a home-and-away match between two Korean “sisters”, 2009 US Women’s Open champion Eun Hee Ji survived Hye Jin Choi for a 2-1 victory. Ji took a 1 lead with birdies twice on the first nine holes, but it was Choi, a 2022 LPGA Tour rookie, who held a 1 lead on the turn after hitting a birdie at ninth par five. Ji won the next three holes, with a birdie at No. 12 giving him a 2 lead. Choi tied the game again with wins at 13 and 15, setting up a three-hole showdown for a quarter-final berth. .
In the end, Ji only needed two holes to secure victory and an afternoon tee time. She birdied the par-4 16th to go up 1 and took the victory with a par at No. 17, reaching the quarter-finals for the second year in a row.
“I feel really excited. I don’t feel (have) hit very well this morning; actually, I’m hitting better than yesterday, so I’m trying (to be) more aggressive with my game,” Ji said. “And Hye-Jin was playing pretty well, especially with his putter, so I had a bit of pressure on me.”
Gemma Dryburgh (8) beats. Moriya Jutanugarn (24), 22 holes
Scotland Gemma Dryburgh seemed to easily control their round of 16 match against Thailand Moriya Jutanugarn, holding a lead of 3 through 13 holes. But as so often happens in match play, that power dynamic quickly changed. Jutanugarn won four of the last five holes, birdying the No. 18 to tie the game and send the pair to the No. 10 for the morning round’s only playoff.
Four holes later and Dryburgh continued his magical Las Vegas run, draining a long birdie putt from the green at No. 13 to secure the victory. Dryburgh was on hand as the first alternate and didn’t reserve her spot on the pitch until late Tuesday night after Anna Nordqvist took of.
“Amazing golf from both of us,” said Dryburgh, who is aiming for his first LPGA Tour victory. “I was hoping to finish earlier, but I’m glad I did. At least there were only four extra holes. I thought we were going to go even further.
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