Four South Korean players – Kim Se-young, Lee Jung-six, An Na-lin and Hae-ran Lee – kept their hopes of reaching the round of 16 alive with their first wins in the second round of the Bank of Hope Match Play on the U.S. Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour. On the other hand, defending champion Ji-hee Ji was upset by world No. 197 Maddie Jurick (Canada) and will not make it to the round of 16.
The second round of the tournament continues today (Sept. 26) at Shadow Creek Golf Club (Par 72) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.메이저놀이터
In Group 13, Kim secured her first win of the tournament with a two-hole victory over Sarah Kemp (AUS) with one hole remaining. Kim’s final opponent in the group was Cheyenne Knight (USA), who had won two straight. With a 1-1 record, Kim will need to win her third match to advance to the Round of 16.
In Group 7, Anna-Lynn also earned a valuable point after battling with Linea Stromm (SWE) down to the last 18 holes and coming out on top by one shot. In Group 15, Hae-Ran Lee (KOR) also earned a one-stroke victory over Frida Kinhult (SWE), and will have a chance to advance to the Round of 16 depending on the outcome of the final match. Playing in the same group as Hae-ran, Kim took a one-hole lead through 17 holes against Lindsey Weaver (USA) before dropping the final 18 holes to draw 1-1. With a 1-1 record, Kim’s chances of advancing to the round of 16 look slim.
In the other Korean head-to-head, Lee Jung-six came out on top. In the second round, Lee Jeong-six, who had drawn the previous day, faced Hong Ye-eun, who had lost one game, in a match that was too much to overcome. Lee took the lead on the third hole and never relinquished it until the 17th, winning by two with one hole to go. With one win and one draw, Lee moved to the top of the group and improved her chances of advancing to the Round of 16. Hong Ye-eun, on the other hand, suffered two losses and was eliminated from the group stage. In the other match in Group 2, Sophia Schubert (USA), with a 1-1 record, earned a point with a one-hole victory over Brooke Henderson (CAN), with a 1-1 record.
Ji-hee Ji (right).
Meanwhile, defending champions Ji Hee Jee and Ji-Eun Shin, who won their first round matches with ease, lost their second round matches and are now in doubt of making the round of 16. In Group 8, Ji-hee started her title defense with a three-hole victory over Matilda Kastren (FIN) with two holes to spare the day before, but lost to Maddie Jurick (CAN) in the second round by three holes with two holes to spare. Ji-hee will face Lynn Grant (SWE), who has one win and one draw, in her final group match.
After defeating Annalynn An in the first round of Group 7, Shin was unable to add to her point total in the second round, falling to Riona Maguire (IRE). After taking a one-hole lead into the 16th hole, Shin tied the match on the 17th and lost the match on the 18th.
Played in the LPGA’s only match-play format, the 64-player field was divided into 16 groups with the top players in each group advancing to the round of 16 to play for the title. The third and final round of group play will be broadcast live on JTBC Golf beginning at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday.