After Hye-Jin Choi squared up their round of 16 match on the 15th hole, Eun-Hee Ji won Nos. 16 and 17 to win 2 and 1 to advance to the quarterfinals at Shadow Creek for the Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play in Las Vegas.
Her second match was, let’s just say, less stressful.
Ji drew Madelene Sagstrom, the 29th-ranked player in the world and a Solheim Cup veteran, and took care of business. She started the match 1-up after winning the first hole, then won three of the next five holes to take a commanding lead. After halving Nos. 7 and 8, Ji won the next three holes to close out the match 7 and 6.
Almost Stephen Ames territory.
Jodi Ewart Shadoff currently leads Ayaka Furue 2-up thru 14 holes. Lilia Vu leads hometown girl Jenny Shin 1-up through 14, while the last match out Saturday, Gemma Dryburgh versus Andrea Lee, is all square thru 13 holes.
The semifinal matches will be Sunday morning, followed by the championship match and third-place match.