Good associates Danielle Kang and Lizette Salas received Thursday to set up a showdown for a last 16 berth within the LPGA Match-Play at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Kang by no means trailed in a 2 & 1 victory over Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom, though her 3-up lead via 13 holes dwindled to at least one as Sagstrom received the 14th and sixteenth with birdies.
Kang, a Las Vegas native, completed with par on the powerful par-three seventeenth to safe the win.
“I think we were trying to minimize as much mistakes as possible. We were making a lot of mistakes out there from beginning to end,” Kang stated. “She made some good birdies coming in and all I kind of tried to do was keep it steady as much as I can, but there was just so many bogeys out there for us and so many mistakes.”
Salas dropped only one gap in her 3 & 2 victory over Switzerland’s Albane Valenzuela. The match was tied via 12 holes earlier than Salas received 13, 14 and 15 — almost acing the 14th.
“Capitalized on a couple of her mistakes, but she played solid all day and kept me on my toes,” Salas stated.
Kang stated the Friday assembly can be “definitely interesting.”
“I’m playing one of my best friends. But at the end of the day, we’re still competitors. We’re going to bring our A games and see who comes out on top.”
Three matches on the last day of spherical robin play on Friday are winner-take-all: Kang v Salas and Moriya Jutanugarn v Minjee Lee and Stacy Lewis v Patty Tavatanakit.
(*16*) Moriya thumped American Jaye Marie Green 6 & 5 on Thursday whereas Australia’s Lee beat Cheyenne Knight 4 & 3.
Lewis tied Australian Sarah Kemp whereas (*16*) Patty beat South Korean Lee Mi-Hyang 2 & 1.
World primary Jin Young-ko survived an 18-hole showdown with Caroline Masson, shedding a 3-up lead via 15 holes however beating the German 1-up with a birdie at 18 for her second straight spherical robin win.
World quantity two Park In-bee, the South Korean Hall of Famer who lives within the Las Vegas space, adopted her opening tie with a 5 & 3 win over France’s Celine Boutier.
“Just trying to play a bit better than the day before,” Park stated.
Third-ranked Kim Sei-young of South Korea claimed a tie by profitable the 18th for the second straight day.
She shared the purpose with China’s Liu Yu.
To attain the spherical of 16 she should beat Brittany Altomare on Friday, then beat her once more in a playoff for prime spot of their group.
Altomare birdied 18 for a 1-up victory over Japan’s Ayako Uehara, her second spherical robin win.
World quantity 5 Brooke Henderson was knocked out of rivalry with a second straight defeat when South African Ashleigh Buhai birdied the par-five 18th for a 1-up win over the Canadian.
England’s Bronte Law — a European Solheim Cup standout — wrapped up her 2 & 1 victory over Austin Ernst in spectacular trend — with a walk-off ace on the par-three seventeenth.
“I was actually in between clubs, so I had to hit a really controlled eight-iron,” Law stated. Caught it flush, it landed somewhat additional than I used to be attempting to, however I suppose clearly did not decide it proper to start with if that is the most effective end result.”