29 May 2021 | Professional golf |
Minjee Lee into match play finals
by Martin Blake
Minjee Lee pulled off a crucial third-round win over the previously-unbeaten Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand to move into the top 16 at the Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play Championship in Las Vegas today.
Australia's Lee comfortable saw off Jutanugarn at Shadow Creek to move into the knockout phase with an unbeaten record -- two wins and a tie in her three round-robin matches.
She won 4 and 3 when she birdied the par-four 15th hole, having led the match from the second hole against the Thai star.
Lee, 24, will play England's Mel Reid in the round of 16 tomorrow morning after the Briton knocked Hannah Green out of the running.
The other three Australians all missed out, with Green having the biggest hard-luck story.
She was three up through 11 holes in her match against Reid and seemingly headed for the next round, but the feisty Reid made three consecutive birdies from the 12th to the 14th, and they had a tremendous struggle coming in.
Tied through 17 after another Reid birdie, Green found water on the 18th, made bogey, and lost the match. She ended up with a 1-2 record for the week, as did Su Oh, who logged her first win today against South Korea's Hee Young Park.
Sarah Kemp tied her match with Korean Mi Hyang Lee and missed the top 16 although she was unbeaten for the week.
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