28 May 2021 | Professional golf |
Three Aussies in hunt at LPGA match play
by Martin Blake
Three of the four Australians in the Bank of Hope LPGA match play championship in Las Vegas have a chance of reaching the top 16 who will progress to the weekend. Hannah Green defeated Azahara Munoz of Spain 1 up today in a tight match to keep her chances alive, as did Minjee Lee who beat American Cheyenne Knight 4 and 3. Sarah Kemp tied her match against Stacy Lewis and has two ties from her two round-robin matches, but Kemp still has a chance of sneaking through if she beats South Korea's Mi Hyang Lee tomorrow. Green plays England's Mel Reid tomorrow and also likely needs a win. The Western Australian was five up through seven holes against Munoz but tightened up on the back nine and ultimately, had to hole a putt of a metre for par at the last hole to win that match after Munoz missed with a four-metre birdie putt that would have tied it up. "I did think once I saw our pod that they would be really tough matches and it'd be close, so I'm hoping that I can continue my form that I had on the front nine for the whole round tomorrow and come out on top in my pod," Green said later. "Today I got a bit slack on the back nine, had a few bogeys in a row and kind of let the momentum to switch 'Aza's' way. I know I'm pretty tough on myself, so I think I have to give myself a break this week. It's a really challenging golf, course, the greens are getting firm. "You're hitting great golf shots and they're not necessarily going close. I think I have to stay patient and make sure I'm not too hard on myself too early. It's still a long week." Lee is 1-1 and plays Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn tomorrow. The Australian will go through if she wins the match but a tie will not be enough because Jutanugarn has won both of her round-robin matches. The fourth Australian, Victorian Su Oh, lost her second match today against Germany's Sophia Popov 5 and 4, and cannot qualify, even if she wins Korean Hee Young Park tomorrow.
MEANWHILE NEW South Welshman Dimi Papadatos shot an opening 67 to sit inside the top 10 at the European Tour's Made In HimmerLand tournament in Denmark.
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