NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) — Ally Ewing made a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th gap Saturday to beat native favourite Danielle Kang 1 up and be a part of three main champions within the LPGA Match Play semifinals.
“It was a grind,” Ewing stated after the lengthy, sizzling day at Shadow Creek. “Danielle is a competitor and I knew it was going to be a match from the beginning.”
Ewing will face Ariya Jutanugarn, a 5-and-4 winner over Minjee Lee on Sunday in the final event before the U.S. Women’s Open next week at Olympic in San Francisco.
“Really tired,” Jutanugarn said. “I haven’t played 36 holes for so long.”
In the other semifinal, Sophia Popov will play Shanshan Feng. Popov beat ANA Inspiration winner Patty Tavatanakit 3 and 2, and Feng finished off Eun-Hee Ji with a birdie putt from more than 100 feet on the 19th hole.
“I was very happy that the putt finally fell in the hole,” Feng stated.
Ewing, then identified by her maiden identify of McDonald, additionally held off Kang in late October in Florida at Reynolds Lake Oconee for her lone LPGA Tour victory. On Saturday with U.S. Solheim Cup captain Pat Hurst wanting on, she rebounded on the par-5 18th after Kang pulled even with a birdie win on the par-3 seventeenth.
“I knew if I gave Danielle any open door she would capitalize, as she did all day,” Ewing stated. “Thankfully, I rolled that putt in and sealed it.”
An ambassador for course proprietor MGM Resorts, Kang missed an opportunity to advance to the ultimate day in her house occasion.
“I’m really excited about where my golf game is headed,” Kang stated. “I definitely took a little detour for the last few months. About a week ago I felt like everything is starting to come together. It showed this week.”
Ewing birdied all of the even-numbered holes on the again 9.
“I rely a lot on my ball-striking, but you’ve got to be able to putt in match play,” Ewing stated. “Danielle is a great putter. She’s a clutch putter. We saw that several times today. Thank goodness I was able to match her several times and close it out.”
Ewing rallied to beat Jenny Coleman in 19 holes within the morning within the spherical of 16. The 28-year-old former Mississippi State participant birdied the 18th to pull even with Coleman and received with a par of the primary additional gap.
Popov eradicated second-ranked Inbee Park in 20 holes within the morning, then headed again out to face one other main champion in Tavatanakit within the afternoon.
“Obviously, the heat takes a toll on you.” Popov stated. “I’m not going to lie. I can’t wait to put my feet up and do it all again tomorrow.”
Jutanugarn beat Sarah Schmelzel on the primary gap of a playoff Friday to advance, then topped Anna Nordqvist 4 and three within the morning.
Feng performed 41 holes Saturday, She beat Brittany Altomare in 22 holes within the morning, tying the match on 18.
“I never played 41 holes in my life. Never,” Feng said. “I think 36 was the most, like for U.S. Open qualifier.”