Eun-Hee Ji from South Korea wins the Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play, winning a place in the U.S. Women's Open next week. In Las Vegas, on a "cold" (about 26 °) and windy day in Shadow Creek, Ji, winner of the U.S.
Women 's Open 2009 in Saucon Valley, she takes the last place in Pine Needles and the 6th victory on the LPGA Tour, her first since 2019. She wins the final match against the Japanese Ayaka Furue 3 to 2.
Eun-Hee Ji, statements
"I am delighted to have won the tournament," said Ji.
"Then, in view of next week, this is the right way to arrive, with this charge" The winner has played 7 matches in five days, 4 of which in the last two. A tough test for a not very young player (36 years old), who tells the cameras that she is mentally and physically tired, but she still has temperament and desire to win.
Semifinalist Ayaka Furue, in search of her first victory on the LPGA Tour, takes a really noteworthy second place. "The conditions were very difficult," said the 22-year-old rookie. “I had to use my head a lot in the strong wind.
It was a very demanding race, not only physically, but also mentally " Ji scores a 1up on hole 3, but hits two bogeys on the first two PAR 5s and falls behind one hole on the 7. She scores a birdie on the PAR 3 of the eighth hole and draws the match.
An eagle on the 9th hole and a win on the 10th hole put her ahead by 2 points. The match play ends, therefore, at hole 16, with a bogey from Furue that seals the victory of the South Korean champion. In the windy morning semifinals, Ji beat Andrea Lee by 4 to 3 and Furue topped Lilia Vu by 2 to 1.
In determining 3rd place, Vu beat Lee 4 to 2, achieving the best career result for the former UCLA player on the Tour. The Bank of Hope match play kicks off five consecutive weeks of matches in which the best female players in the world will also compete in two major majors: the U.S.
Women’s Open and the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The event, which is only in its second edition and takes place in Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, begins on Wednesday 25th and ends on Sunday 29th May. For the first 3 days, the 64 players, divided into 16 groups of 4, will compete within their own group in a competition against each other (round robin).
The 1st classified of each group will then move on to the single elimination matches, which will start on Saturday. Eight matches will be played in the morning, followed by the quarter-finals in the afternoon. On Sunday, however, there will be the two semifinals in the morning, to determine the last two champions, who will face each other in the Championship Match in the afternoon.
In the 2021 edition, Ally Ewing played more than 120 holes of golf to conquer the Bank of Hope Match Play, beating Sophia Popov by 2 to 1, in her second career win on the LPGA Tour. On the pitch will be Ariya Jutanugarn, who finished third in match play last year.
Danielle Kang, who lives in Las Vegas, is also back on the pitch after finishing 5th last season. Also present will be the winners of the current season: Minjee Lee, Atthaya Thitikul, Hyo Joo Kim and Jennifer Kupcho. At the moment, there is no Italian on the field, but Giulia Molinaro is among the "reserves"