Los Angeles (AFP)
Germany’s Sophia Popov ousted world number two Park In-bee after 20 holes while China’s Feng Shanshan advanced after 22 holes in the knockout stages of the LPGA Match Play on Saturday.
Four of the eight round of 16 matches needed extra holes to decide a winner, with Popov birdieing to close their match and Feng knocking out American Brittany Altomare with an eagle on the extra fourth hole.
The quarterfinals at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas were scheduled for Saturday afternoon while the semifinals and the championship game were scheduled for Sunday.
Popov tied his game against Park with a birdie to win the 16th par-5, then bogeyed to lose the 17th par-3. The German slipped to win the 18th par-5 and force more holes.
Popov’s opponent in the quarterfinals will be 10th Thai Patty Tavatanakit, who ousted Japanese Nasa Hataoka 6 & 4.
Patty won four of the first eight holes, birdied 11 and 12 to go up to 6, dropped her only hole with a bogey at 13 but came on with a birdie at 14.
Neither Feng nor Altomare have ever led by more than 1 point.
Feng squared the match with a birdie at 16, fell behind with a bogey at 17, then birdied in the 18th to tie the game again and force more holes, setting the stage for the decisive eagle. by Feng.
Next for Feng is South Korea’s Ji Eun-hee, who birdied each of the final three holes to defeat compatriot Jenny Shin in 19 holes to advance.
Ji birdied three of the four holes to take a 2 after 10 lead, but Shin did a birdie to win three of the four holes to get 2 runs after 16 holes. This set the stage for Ji to birdie the 17th par-3, 18th par-5 and the first extra hole for the triumph.
Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn finished with a birdie-eagle-birdie run to defeat Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist 4 & 3.
Nordqvist, six-time member of the Solheim European Cup squad, birdied the eighth par-3 to line up the game, but Ariya birdied the ninth and 10th par-5 to regain the lead. Nordqvist birdied 12th to go 1-down but Ariya won the last three holes to close her European rival.
– Ariya gets Lee next –
Ariya’s next player will be 11th Australian Minjee Lee, who has never beaten England’s Mel Reid 5 & 4.
Lee birdied the first hole, took the sixth and the seventh par-5 with birdies, and took the ninth with a par.
Reid won his only hole in the 10th with a par, but Lee won the 12th with a birdie and the 13th par-3 with a par before closing the game by halving 14 with a par.
Sixth-placed Danielle Kang of the United States birdie on the 18th hole to beat Bronte Law of England 2-up and advance to a quarter-final with compatriot Ally Ewing, 30, who knocked out American Jenny Coleman in 19 holes.
Kang, the only player left to reach the last eight after winning every match in the group stage, won three of the first six holes for a 2 advantage, but Law tied for 12th and birdie in 14th to tie the match. match. Kang regained the lead when Law missed the 17th par-3 and closed the game with his last birdie.
Neither player has ever been more than 1 in the Coleman-Ewing game. Coleman never birdied, but parried the 17th par-3 to grab a 1-up advantage. Ewing birdied 18 to force more holes, then parried to win the game.
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