Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play Day 1

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Match play back on the LPGA with inaugural event
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May 27, 2021
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LPGA Match-Play 2021 1
May 26-30
Shadow Creek, Las Vegas, Nevada
Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Match play is back on the LPGA Tour with Wednesday's Day One matches at the inaugural Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play Hosted by Shadow Creek. As always, the format brought excitement and extreme highs and lows to the day's competition.

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Perhaps the biggest upset came in Group 4, where No. 61 Jenny Coleman knocked off No. 4 Brooke Henderson, 1 up. Coleman, playing in just her second match-play event and first since the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur, carded only four birdies, but they all came at opportune moments. After dropping the first three holes to Henderson, who was runner-up at that same Women's Amateur, Coleman's birdie at No. 5 cut the deficit to two holes. She tied the match with a birdie at No. 11 and took her first lead with a third birdie at No. 16. Her final birdie at No. 18 sealed the big win.

“I think we were both pretty even keeled,” said Coleman. “I just came off to a sloppy kind of start, and she kind of had a rough patch in the middle, and then I started capitalizing on it and kept moving all the way through the back nine pretty good. Just stayed patient, but also playing smart.”

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No. 5 Danielle Kang cruised to a 7-and-6 victory over No. 60 Albane Valenzuela, Wednesday's largest margin of victory. Her American Solheim Cup compatriots Lizette Salas and Stacy Lewis followed close behind, notching 5-and-4 wins over Madelene Sagstrom and Mi Hyang Lee, respectively. The win was particularly sweet for Lewis, who is chomping at the bit to get back onto Team USA after missing the 2019 competition with a back injury.

“I really want to be playing. I want to be a part of the team. I want to help the team win,” said Lewis. “Pat [Hurst, USA Captain] is out seems like almost every week right now watching, so just trying not to pay attention if she is hanging around, but I know she's watching and paying attention.”

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No. 1 Jin Young Ko, despite admitting no love for the match-play format, earned a 4-and-2 victory over No. 64 Natalie Gulbis. No. 2 Inbee Park went the distance with 2020/21 LPGA Tour rookie Jennifer Chang, who took a 1-up lead to the final hole. With a white ribbon on her hat in memory of her grandfather, who died on Monday, Park got up and down for birdie from the back of the green to tie the match.

“Just feels really weird playing in the hometown and waking up in your own bed and going to the tournament. I mean, it's something I've never done before,” said Park, who has lived in Las Vegas since she was a teenager. “So today was how I kind of felt a little nervous and I wasn't able to perform as well as I wanted to perform. Hopefully the rust is off today and the next few days I'll be playing better.”

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MatchGroupSeedPlayers Results SeedPlayers
Match 199Hannah Green3 & 2>56Gerina Piller
Match 2924Mel Reid2 UP>41Azahara Munoz
Match 388Minjee Lee TIED 57Jaye Marie Green
Match 4825Moriya Jutanugarn<5 & 3 40Cheyenne Knight
Match 51616Ariya Jutanugarn TIED 49Lauren Stephenson
Match 61617Carlota Ciganda 1 UP>48Sarah Schmelzel
Match 711Jin Young Ko<4 & 2 64Natalie Gulbis
Match 8132Anna Nordqvist3&2>33Caroline Masson
Match 91212Austin Ernst1 UP>53Annie Park
Match 101221Amy Olson TIED 44Bronte Law
Match 1155Danielle Kang<7 & 6 60Albane Valenzuela
Match 12528Lizette Salas<5 & 4 37Madelene Sagstrom
Match 131313Jennifer Kupcho<6 & 4 52Christina Kim
Match 141320Ally Ewing2 & 1>45Leona Maguire
Match 1544Brooke M. Henderson1 UP>61Jenny Coleman
Match 16429Angela Stanford<1 UP 36Ashleigh Buhai
Match 171010Nasa Hataoka<3 & 1 55Jing Yan
Match 181023Mi Jung Hur2 UP>42Jasmine Suwannapura
Match 1977Patty Tavatanakit TIED 58Sarah Kemp
Match 20726Stacy Lewis<5 & 4 39Mi Hyang Lee
Match 211515Sophia Popov TIED 50Hee Young Park
Match 221518Sung Hyun Park<3 & 1 47Su Oh
Match 2322Inbee Park TIED 63Jennifer Chang
Match 24231Gaby Lopez4 & 2>34Celine Boutier
Match 251111So Yeon Ryu<3 & 1 54Ryann O’Toole
Match 261122Mirim Lee4 & 3>43Eun-Hee Ji
Match 2766Hyo Joo Kim5 & 4>59Alison Lee
Match 28627Megan Khang<5 & 4 38Jenny Shin
Match 291414Jeongeun Lee6 TIED 51Pajaree Anannarukarn
Match 301419Shanshan Feng2 & 1>46Brittany Lincicome
Match 3133Sei Young Kim TIED 62Ayako Uehara
Match 32330Brittany Altomare<1 UP 35Yu Liu
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