Brooke Henderson, at the moment fifth in the Rolex Rankings, misplaced to 194th-ranked Jenny Coleman on the primary day of the LPGA Bank of Hope Match Play on Wednesday.
Henderson isn’t out of the occasion; the primary three days use a round-robin format, with knockout rounds beginning on Saturday.
Henderson took a fast 3 up lead with birdies on the primary three holes but it surely was all sq. after Coleman birdied Nos. 5, 10 and 11. They traded birdies on 13 and 14 and it was a birdie on the par-5 sixteenth by Coleman that proved to be the distinction maker.
In different matches, top-ranked Jin Young Ko beat Natalie Gulbis 4 and a pair of, Danielle Kang knocked out Albane Valenzuela 7 and 6 and Patty Tavatanakit beat Sarah Kemp, 1 up.
Also Wednesday, Carlota Ciganda misplaced her match to Sarah Schmelzel due to a slow-play penalty that resulted in loss of the 18th gap.
The ladies’s tour hasn’t had a match-play occasion on its schedule since 2017 when Lorena Ochoa hosted a match in Mexico City that wasn’t even televised. This week, the famed Shadow Creek course is host. The Tom Fazio design hosted The Match: Tiger vs. Phil in 2018 and the PGA Tour’s CJ CUP final October.
Golfweek’s Beth Ann Nichols contributed to this text.