Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play Day 2

Kang & Salas to face off on Friday

LPGA Match-Play 2021 2
May 26-30
Shadow Creek, Las Vegas, Nevada
Day 1, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5

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Friends Danielle Kang and Lizette Salas will face off on Friday for a berth in the Round of 16 at the Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play Hosted by Shadow Creek.

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Kang never trailed en route to a 2-and-1 victory over Madelene Sagstrom, a hard-fought win that saw Kang lose a 3-up lead through 13 holes. Sagstrom birdied the 14th and 16th to pull within one, but Kang finished with par on the difficult par-3 17th to win the match.

“I think we were trying to minimize as much mistakes as possible. We were making a lot of mistakes out there from beginning to end,” said Kang. “She made some good birdies coming in and all I kind of tried to do was keep it steady as much as I can, but there was just so many bogeys out there for us and so many mistakes.”

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Salas only dropped one hole in her 3-and-2 win over Albane Valenzuela, turning on the jets on the back nine. Sitting tied through 12 holes, Salas reeled off three consecutive wins at 13, 14 and 15 to go 3 up, including a near ace at the 14th.

“I didn’t capitalize on some of the opportunities to go up in the match. I knew the backside is a little tougher, so I had to rely on my accuracy and know that – and my experience as well – that I could pull off some wins and win the match overall,” said Salas. “Capitalized on a couple of her mistakes, but she played solid all day and kept me on my toes.”

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Kang and Salas are well-acquainted with each other’s games, both as Solheim Cup teammates and partners at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational. While they will be foes on Friday, the best-friend duo plans to spend Thursday night together catching up on some must-watch TV – the new Friends reunion special – at Kang’s Las Vegas home.

Jin Young Ko survived an 18-hole showdown with Caroline Masson, losing a 3-up lead through 15 holes and ultimately winning a 1-up match with a birdie at the 18th. Bronte Law followed in the match-play footsteps of Sergio Garcia, making an ace at the 17th to take a 2-and-1 win over Austin Ernst.

Three Friday matches are winner-take-all – Kang vs. Salas, Moriya Jutanugarn vs. Minjee Lee; and Stacy Lewis vs. Patty Tavatanakit.

LPGA Match-Play 2021 2

Match 331212Austin Ernst2&1>44Bronte Law
Match 341221Amy Olson<3&253Annie Park
Match 3553Danielle Kang<2&137Madelene Sagstrom
Match 36528Lizette Salas<3&260Albane Valenzuela
Match 371313Jennifer KupchoTIED45Leona Maguire
Match 381320Ally Ewing<2&152Christina Kim
Match 3944Brooke M. Henderson1UP>36Ashleigh Buhai
Match 40429Angela Stanford1UP>61Jenny Coleman
Match 411010Nasa Hataoka<6&442Jasmine Suwannapura
Match 421023Mi Jung HurTIED55Jing Yan
Match 4377Patty Tavatanakit<2&139Mi Hyang Lee
Match 44726Stacy LewisTIED58Sarah Kemp
Match 451515Sophia Popov<5&447Su Oh
Match 461518Sung Hyun Park1UP>50Hee Young Park
Match 4722Inbee Park<5&334Celine Boutier
Match 48231Gaby Lopez<4&263Jennifer Chang
Match 491111So Yeon Ryu<4&342Eun-Hee Ji
Match 501122Mirim LeeTIED54Ryann O’Toole
Match 5166Hyo Joo Kim2&1>38Jenny Shin
Match 52627Megan Khang1UP>59Alison Lee
Match 531414Jeongeun Lee6<5&346Brittany Lincicome
Match 541419Shanshan Feng<1UP51Pajaree Anannarukarn
Match 5533Sei Young KimTIED35Yu Liu
Match 56330Brittany Altomare<1UP62Ayako Uehara
Match 5799Hannah Green<1UP41Azahara Munoz
Match 58924Mel Reid<3&256Gerina Piller
Match 5988Minjee Lee<4&340Cheyenne Knight
Match 60825Moriya Jutanugarn<6&557Jaye Marie Green
Match 611616Ariya Jutanugarn<4&348Sarah Schmelzel
Match 621617Carlota Ciganda3&2>49Lauren Stephenson
Match 6311Jin Young Ko<1UP33Caroline Masson
Match 64132Anna Nordqvist<5&464Natalie Gulbis
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