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Semis set as Ariya Jutanugarn eeks past Minjee Lee, Sophia Popov wins major battle

Ariya Jutanugarn practically ran out of gasoline Saturday in her quarterfinal match in opposition to Minjee Lee on the Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. But Jutanugarn, 4 up by the flip, managed to trip it out, and with a spot within the Sunday’s semifinal, would want to make it by one other 36-hole day to earn a second win on the LPGA within the past three begins (she gained the Honda LPGA Thailand firstly of the month).

The eight-woman quarterfinal bracket at Shadow Creek was dominated by twentysomethings not very far eliminated, actually, from head-to-head play in summer season U.S. Golf Association championships. In truth, in 2012, Jutanugarn and Lee met within the semifinals of the U.S. Girls’ Junior. Lee gained that one, and went on to win the title at Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, California.

On Sunday morning, Jutanugarn attracts Ally Ewing, a first-time winner on the LPGA final season on the Drive On Championship at Reynolds Lake Oconee who additionally drew on some reminiscences in her quarterfinal match in opposition to Danielle Kang on Saturday afternoon.

Ewing and Kang, each members of the 2019 U.S. Solheim Cup staff, went head-to-head down the stretch on the Drive On with Ewing popping out on high by a shot.

At Shadow Creek, Ewing trailed a lot of the match, however went 1 up at No. 14 and held on to that benefit to shut out Kang on the 18th inexperienced.

In a battle of major champions, Sophia Popov defeated Patty Tavatanakit, 3 and a couple of, on Saturday night to advance to the ultimate match. Popov went up early with a birdie on No. 2 and slowly elevated that benefit to ultimately take down Tavatanakit on the 16th gap.

Popov will meet Shanshan Feng within the semifinals after Feng defeated Eun-Hee Ji in 19 holes within the final quarterfinal match of the day.

The Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play began with a subject of 64 gamers, divided into 16 teams of 4. After after three days of round-robin matches, solely 16 gamers superior to the weekend to compete on a single-elimination bracket. The semifinal and ultimate matches will happen on Sunday.

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