NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Ally Ewing made a 5-foot birdie putt on the 18th (par 5) hole on Saturday to beat local favorite Danielle Kang (1) and take on three big champions in the Join the LPGA Match Play semi-finals.
“It was a challenge,” said Ewing after a long, hot day at Shadow Creek. “Danielle is a competitor and I knew it was going to be a match from the start.”
Ewing will face Ariya Jutanugarn, one of them, in the finals ahead of next week’s US Women’s Open at the San Francisco Olympics on Sunday 5: 4 winner against Minjee Lee.
In the other semifinals, Sophia Popov will play against Shanshan Feng. Popov defeated ANA Inspiration winner Patty Tavatanakit 3 and 2, and Feng finished Eun-Hee Ji with a birdie putt from over 100 feet on the 19th hole.
Ewing, then known by her maiden name McDonald, held Kang in Florida at Reynolds Lake Oconee in late October for her only win on the LPGA Tour. On Saturday, when Pat Hurst, captain of the US Solheim Cup, watched, she recovered on par 18th after Kang even pulled with a birdie win on the 17th par 3 win.
“I knew if I gave Danielle an open door, she would capitalize like she did all day,” said Ewing. “Fortunately, I wrapped and sealed this putt.”
As the ambassador for course owner MGM Resorts, Kang missed the chance to make it to the final day of her home event.
“I’m very excited to see where my golf game is going leads, “said Kang. “I’ve definitely made a little detour in the last few months. About a week ago, I felt like it was all coming together. It showed up this week. “
” I really rely on my stroke of the ball, but you have to be able to putt in match play, “said Ewing. “Danielle is a great putter. She’s a clutch putter. We saw that several times today. Thank goodness I was able to meet and close her several times. “
Feng lets off wild birdie putt to advance to the semifinals
Ewing rallied to beat Jenny Coleman in 19 holes in the morning’s round of 16. The 28-year-old former Mississippi State player screwed 18th to draw Coleman himself and won with a par on the first additional hole.
Popov eliminated second-placed Inbee Park on 20 holes in the morning and kicked in the afternoon against another great champion in Tavatanakit.
“Obviously the heat is taking a toll on you.” Said Popov. “I’m not going to lie. I can’t wait to put my feet up and do everything again tomorrow.”
Jutanugarn defeated Sarah Schmelzel on the first hole of a playoff on Friday and in the morning beat Anna Nordqvist (4 and 3 ) through.
Feng played 41 holes on Saturday. She defeated Brittany Altomare in the morning in 22 holes and connected the match with 18th
FROM Associated Press
FROM Associated Press
FROM Mercer Baggs
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