Hamilton Farm Golf Club
May 21, 2011
Patty Berg Bracket
Na Yeon Choi v. Sophie Gustafson
No. 1 seed Na Yeon Choi showed no signs of slowing down in Saturday morning’s match defeating Alena Sharp, 3 and 1. Choi advances to the afternoon quarterfinals to face Sophie Gustafson, who defeated Michelle Wie one up in her morning match. Gustafson has the experience edge over Choi, having been a member of seven European Solheim Cup teams while Choi will be playing just her fifth career round of match play.
Kathy Whitworth Bracket
Yani Tseng v. Suzann Pettersen
Rolex Rankings No. 1 Tseng advanced to Saturday afternoon’s quarterfinals in convincing fashion with a 5 and 3 victory over Julieta Granada. Pettersen finished strong with a birdie on 18 to claim a one up victory over 2011 Kraft Nabisco Champion Stacy Lewis. Tseng, ranking No. 1 on the LPGA in birdies and rounds under par, will force Pettersen to go low if she wants to stick around for the semifinals.
Annika Sorenstam Bracket
Ai Miyazato v. Cristie Kerr
Miyazato and Kerr both prevailed in their Saturday morning matches to advance to the quarterfinals and inch their way closer to Sunday’s Championship match. In a match-up against Rolex Rankings No. 4 Kerr and Rolex Rankings No. 8 Miyazato, this will be a battle between accomplished veterans who have combined for 20 LPGA Tour victories.
Mickey Wright Bracket
Angela Stanford vs. Paula Creamer
Stanford continued to roll this morning with a 5 and 4 victory over Meena Lee, who had previously knocked out No. 2 seed Jiyai Shin in the first round. That makes three convincing victories for Stanford, who also took out Candie Kung, 4 and 2, and Wendy Ward, 5 and 4, en route to the quarterfinals. Stanford is on a mission to redeem herself after losing in the finals of last year’s Sybase Match Play to Sun Young Yoo. The Texan is a three-time U.S. Solheim Cup Team member. Meanwhile, Creamer ousted 2009 U.S. Solheim Cup teammate Brittany Lang, 3 and 2, with a birdie on No. 16. On Friday, she knocked out mentor and LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member Karrie Webb. Creamer has the advantage in the all-time wins category with nine LPGA victories to Stanford’s four, but Stanford has the edge when it comes to mastering Hamilton Farm.
“It was tough this morning, but I’m very happy right now. I had a really good start, same as yesterday. Two birdies to start. I felt good with my putting, comfortable with my game. A little nervous at the end, but I did it.”
“I got off to kind of a slow start. Not many birdies starting out. Got to No. 8, put a good swing on it, made birdie and just took off from there.”
“In college, we would play 36 hole days. If you’re playing good, it’s a good thing. I am playing good, so I’m looking forward to going back out there.”
“I wasn’t playing poorly on the front nine, but she made a good birdie on No. 2 and I wasn’t able to make many putts. I squared things up on No. 7 with a birdie and then I made bogey on No. 9. I lipped out on 10, birdie on 11, lip out on 12 and then I started to find my putter. I made a huge birdie on 13, huge save on 14 and that kind of took the wind out of her sails. I felt like I was down the hole match, but I won.”
“The speed of the greens is different today, so I think toward the back I was able to find the speed. I’ll go rest and relax, eat some lunch and get ready for the quarterfinals.
“I didn’t play my best. Brittany definitely hit some really good shots out there and just couldn’t take advantage of it. She missed some putts out there and kind of kept me alive, just getting up and down. Made some great birdies on the back nine. I just knew I had to grind it out. I wasn’t hitting it the way I wanted to, but that’s match play.”
“It’s nice to go against players who you’ve been teammates with on the U.S. Solheim Cup team. In this format, you can’t really think of it that way. You just have to think of them as another competitor. We’re teammates but at the same time we go against each other every week so it kind of counterbalances it.”
“I had another good, tense match today. To last three rounds, after play I felt some like I passed some test or I grew up. I think I had a lot of experience in the last three days, even today. I have confidence with my game. I think I had a great day today.”
“I played really good today, much better than the last two days. Julieta played really good today too so it was a really good match. I think it was fun to play with her too.
“My putting was getting better. You get more confidence when you drop a couple putts in. She played so well so that pushed me harder.”
"It felt like the Solheim Cup walking up 18, but it was the U.S. against me. We both had our opportunities, played solid, but I felt like I should have won today. It was nice to finish it off."
“I played horribly. I didn’t hit the ball very well. I fought until the end, hit a good bunker shot, but she made a good putt and there is nothing I can do about that.”
On hitting the flagstick at 17
“I did. It was very unfortunate.”
On Gustafson’s drop on 15
“She deserved the drop. It was against the house.”
On Gustafson closing out the match on 18
“It was a hard putt. She’s a good player and she made a good putt. There’s nothing I can do about that. I tried my hardest. It’s march play, you just never really know.”
Topics: Sybase Match Play Championship