Altomare defeats top-seeded Lee in LPGA match play

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brittany Altomare rallied to beat 2-and-1 seeded Minjee Lee Thursday in hot conditions at Shadow Creek in the second round of group play in the Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play.

Three down after five holes and again after seven in a triple-digit inning, Altomare cut their deficit to one at the turn with a birdie on the No. 8 and an eagle on the par-5 ninth. The American tied with a par on the par-4 12th and took a 2 lead with birdies on 13 and 14. She halved the next three with pars to end the match.

“I didn’t start the way I wanted but if I’ve learned anything from Solheim over the last two years it’s that you just can’t give up because you never know what’s going to happen. move to match play,” Altomare mentioned.

The winners of the 16 groups of four players will advance to the knockout rounds at the end of the round robin on Friday. Altomare (1-1) will face Youngin Chun (0-2) on Friday, and Lee (1-1) will face Caroline Masson (2-0). Masson beat Chun 2 and 1.

Lee is trying to win for the second straight event after winning the Founders Cup on May 15 in New Jersey. The Australian is ranked fourth in the world.

“I wouldn’t say bullied, but I just knew I had to play well,” Altomare said. “Obviously she plays very well and she’s an amazing player. There aren’t enough words to describe her golf game.

Jodi Ewart Shadoff followed up her first 6&5 win over defending champion Ally Ewing with a 3&2 decision over So Yeon Ryu (0-2). Ewing beat Jasmine Suwannapura (1-1) 3 and 2.

Madelene Sagstrom, Hye-Jin Choi, Eun-Hee Ji, Carlota Ciganda, Tiffany Chan, Jenny Shin, Lilia Vu, Gaby Lopez and Paula Reto were also 2-0.

Sagstrom beat Wei-Ling Hsu 1, Choi beat Aditi Ashok 3 and 2, Ji beat Las Vegas resident Danielle Kang 2 and 1, Ciganda beat Pauline Roussin-Bouchard 3 and 1, Reto beat Yealimi Noh 3 and 2, Chan beat Alison Lee 4&3, Shin routed Hannah Green 5&3, Vu edged Ariya Jutanugarn 2&1, and Lopez edged Cheyenne Knight 3&2. Kang is 0-2.

Chevron Championship winner Jennifer Kupcho moved up to 1-1, edging out Lauren Stephenson 3 and 2.


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