China’s Feng Shanshan drained a birdie bomb on the nineteenth gap to edge South Korean Ji Eun-hee and reach the semi-finals of the LPGA Match-Play at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday.
Feng completed a marathon day with a flourish to lead a trio of main champions into the semis.
The winner of the 2012 Women’s PGA Championship will tackle 2020 Women’s British Open winner Sophia Popov, who beat (*19*) ANA Inspiration champion Patty Tavatanakit 3 & 2.
(*19*) Ariya Jutanugarn, a former US and British Open champion, additionally superior, defeating Australian Minjee Lee 5 & 4 to arrange a gathering with American Ally Ewing, who handed compatriot Danielle Kang her first defeat of the week, 1-up.
The semi-finals and championship match are set for Sunday.
It was a protracted day for Feng, who wanted 22 holes to beat American Brittany Altomare in the spherical of 16 on Saturday morning.
Ji had defeated fellow South Korean Jenny Shin on the nineteenth gap in the spherical of 16.
“I never played 41 holes in my life,” Feng mentioned. “Never. I think 36 was the most, like for US Open qualifier.”
Feng had gained the opening gap in opposition to Ji with a par, and after surrendering the lead was 1-up once more on the flip after successful the ninth with a par.
She was 2-up via 11, however Ji gained the twelfth and fifteenth to sq. the match, and it stayed that manner via 18.
At the nineteenth — Shadow Creek’s par-four tenth — Ji was in a greenside bunker and Feng on the inexperienced however going through a protracted putt for birdie.
Feng hit first and rattled in the putt, Ji’s shot from the bunker then arising brief.
“To be honest, there were quite a few times when I was on the course I was like, ‘You know what, you’ve tried your best already. You don’t have to give it your 100%,” Feng mentioned of her mindset as fatigue crept in.
“But at the same time I said to myself, if you win today you just need to beat two more people to win the tournament. So my last time to have a chance to win a tournament was 2019, I mean my last victory. So I thought about this and I was like, I’m getting close and just don’t give up and fight until the end.
“I used to be very completely happy that the putt lastly fell in the outlet there.”
– ‘A grind’ –
Ewing also claimed a dramatic quarter-final victory, draining a five-foot birdie putt on the par-five 18th to beat Las Vegas local Kang 1-up.
“It was a grind,” Ewing said after a long day that included her 19-hole victory over Jenny Coleman in the round of 16.
“Danielle is a competitor and I knew it was going to be a match from the beginning.”
Kang, the only player to emerge from round robin play with three victories, had beaten England’s Bronte Law 2-up in the round of 16.
She hadn’t trailed all week until Ewing won the 14th hole with a birdie, part of her run of birdies at all of the even-numbered holes on the back nine.
Ewing was 1-up after her birdie at the 16th, but Kang answered with a long birdie at the par-three 17th to square the match. At 18, Ewing chipped from the greenside rough to five feet for a winning birdie.
“I rely quite a bit on my ball-striking, however you’ve got received to give you the chance to putt in match play,” Ewing said. “Danielle is a superb putter. She’s a clutch putter. We noticed that a number of occasions at the moment. Thank goodness I used to be in a position to match her a number of occasions and shut it out.”
Popov called her victory over Patty “stress free,” and after the long, hot day she was relieved to finish it off early after a 20-hole victory over world number two Park In-bee in the round of 16.
“I can not wait to put my toes up and do all of it once more tomorrow,” Popov mentioned.