Shadoff overtook former champion Ewing, while Jasmine Suwannapura defeated So Yeon Ryu, Minjee Lee topped Youngin Chun, Jenny Shin saw off Sophia Popov and Kelly Tan eliminated Danielle Kang.
Last Updated: 5/26/22 6:48 am
Jodi Ewart Shadoff defeated defending champion Ally Ewing 6 and 5 on Wednesday at Shadow Creek in the first game of the group stage at the Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play.
After Ewing opened with a birdie win and split the second half at par, Shadoff won seven of the next nine holes and finished the game with a par for half over 13.
“I really love the games,” said Shadoff. “Anything can happen. Lately I’ve been playing very solidly, it’s just that I’ve been working really hard with my coach. That seems to be paying off.”
English girl playing Shadow Creek for the first time.
“It was amazing,” Shadoff said. “The golf course is in incredible condition. You know, it’s one of the best I think I’ve played in America. It’s a great course and a really good challenge, and I think it’s the perfect pitch for a game.”
In another Group of 15 match, Jasmine Suwannapura beat So Yeon Ryu 5 and 3, with the winners of 16 groups of four advancing to the knockout at the end of the sixth round robin match.
On Thursday, Shadoff will face Ryu, and Ewing will play Suwannapura.
Minjee Lee, at number 4 in the world as the top player in the field, edged out Youngin Chun 6 and 5 after winning the Founders Cup on May 15 in New Jersey.
“Today was really fun,” Lee said. “I did a bunch of birdies and I was able to keep the momentum going to 10, 11, then played a few more games and finished on the 13th. It was nice to do it early today. It’s been very hot. “
Sophia Popov, last year’s runner-up in the inaugural event, fell 2nd and 1st to Jenny Shin. Kelly Tan moved into Las Vegas residents Danielle Kang 7 and 6.