Hamilton Farm Golf Club
Semifinal notes and interviews
May 22, 2011
The final match is set for the Sybase Match Play Championship. No. 3 seed Cristie Kerr will take on No. 5 seed Suzann Pettersen for the first-place prize of $375,000. Kerr and Pettersen will each be looking for their first victory of the 2011 season. Both are veterans of match play. Kerr has made five U.S. Solheim Cup appearances and is second among active American players for points in match play while Pettersen is a five-time member of the European Solheim Cup team with an overall record of 9-7-5 in the event.
The road to the finals.
Cristie Kerr (3) defeated Amanda Blumenherst (48), Belen Mozo (60), Kyeong Bae (47), Ai Miyazato (6), and Angela Stanford (18)
Suzann Pettersen (5) defeated Natalie Gulbis (49), Amy Hung (45), Stacy Lewis (21), Yani Tseng (4) and Na Yeon Choi (1)
Rolex Rankings No. 4 Cristie Kerr had not played the 17th and 18th holes all week, but she won the final two holes to earn 1 UP victory over Angela Stanford and a spot in the final match. Kerr birdied the par-3 3rd hole to take an early 1 UP lead, but Stanford won the 7th and the 9th to carry a 1 UP lead at the turn. A birdie by Kerr on the 11th got things back to all square before Stanford recorded back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th to take a 2 UP lead with five holes remaining. Kerr wasn’t done in the match, taking three of the final four holes to capture the victory. Kerr birdied No. 15, No. 17 before getting up and down on 18 to secure her win.
Suzann Pettersen clinched her 4 and 2 victory over Na Yeon Choi with a birdie on the 16th hole. Pettersen got off to a hot start in the round, winning the 2nd and 3rd holes to take a 2 UP lead over Choi. But a bogey on No. 5 by Pettersen opened the door for Choi, who cut Pettersen’s lead to 1 UP with a par on the hole. Pettersen led 2 UP after the front nine thanks to a birdie at the par-3 8th. Choi birdied the 10th to try to mount a comeback but Pettersen made three straight birdies to take a 4 UP lead with five to play. A birdie by Choi on No. 15 kept her chances alive, but Pettersen’s birdie on the par-3 16th sealed her spot in the finals.
Cristie Kerr (def. Angela Stanford, 1 up)
“It’s hard to judge the spin from the fairway (on 18 green). I’m just really happy right now. I hit a good shot to the green, but didn’t carry it far enough. If you miss it where she did, you’re dead.”
“She had the edge all day. I went 1 up early in the match, but she played great golf. I turned it on at the end, and sometimes you’re just up in the end. That’s how it works.”
Suzann Pettersen (def. Na Yeon Choi, 4 and 2)
“It felt good. My game feels good. I’m maintaining a good rhythm. I think I’m a good deal under par this week. I just have to keep making birdies. I have a shot at it. I’ll give it a go this afternoon.”
“I’m starting to feel like I’m playing good again. I’ll just keep making birdies. It doesn’t matter who I play, it doesn’t matter. I feel like I’ve taken down a few tough players already. One more to go.”