Sybase Match Play Championship
Hamilton Farm Golf Club
Fifth-Round Notes and Quick Quotes
May 20, 2012
The final match is set for the Sybase Match Play Championship. No 19 seed Azahara Munoz will take on No. 49 seed Candie Kung for the first-place prize of $375,000. While Munoz is looking to become a Rolex First-Time Winner this week, Kung is hoping to secure her fifth career victory since the Hana Bank KOLON Championship in 2008. Munoz was the only rookie on the 2011 European Solheim Cup team where she posted a 2-1-1 record and was a three-time European PING Junior Solheim Cup team member (2002, 2003, 2005).
Candie Kung punched her ticket to Sunday afternoon's final match after a 2 and 1 victory over Vicky Hurst. Kung got off to a blazing start this morning, winning the 2nd and 3rd holes to take an early 2 up lead over Hurst. Hurst then fired back winning the next two holes to return the match to all square until Kung answered with a birdie on No. 4 and won the 9th to make the turn with a 2 up lead. After a bogey on the 10th Hurst cut Kung's lead to 1 up. Kung then regained momentum winning the next two holes to extend her lead to 3 up until a bogey on No. 13 moved her lead back to 2 up. In what continued to be a back-and-forth match, Kung won No. 14 before Hurst birdied the 15th and 16th to give Kung a 1 up lead with two to play. A birdie by Kung on No. 17 sealed her spot in this afternoon's final match.
In search of her first career LPGA Tour victory Azahara Munoz advances to the final round after a 2 and 1 victory over Morgan Pressel. The two went back-and-forth on the front nine, but Pressel was up by two after a birdie before the turn. Heading into the 12th hole, Pressel held a 2-up lead, but violated the LPGA's official Pace of Play policy, resulting in a loss of hole on 12. Pressel still stood 1 up on the 13th tee box. After the players halved the 14th hole, the dramatic back-nine continued on the 15th green, when it was thought that Munoz had touched the line of her putt with her putter. After careful consideration, it was deemed that she had not violated a rule of golf. Munoz went on to square the match with a birdie on 15 and won the next two holes to secure her spot in the final match.
Candie Kung (def. Vicky Hurst 2&1)
"I was pretty much sleep walking all day, I'm still tired from yesterday. Both of us didn't play as good as we should have and we were just kind of up, down, up, down all day. I got lucky. I'm going to try to go take a nap and do it again this afternoon"
Azahara Munoz (def. Morgan Pressel 2&1)
"This morning I didn't play my best," Munoz said. "So hopefully I can get some shots in before I go out again."