Sybase Match Play Championship
Hamilton Farm Golf Club
May 19, 2012
Fourth-round matches and third-round quick quotes
Patty Berg Bracket
Candie Kung of Taiwan vs. Julieta Granada of Paraguay
Kung puched her ticket to the quarterfinals by upsetting No. 1 seed Yani Tseng 3&2. Granada's match went all the way to 18 but was able to win 1 up over Karine Icher. Kung is looking for her first LPGA victory since 2008 and Granada is looking to return to the winner's circle for the first time since her $1,000,000 victory since the 2006 ADT Championship.
Kathy Whitworth Bracket
So Yeon Ryu of Korea vs. Vicky Hurst of the United States
Rookie standout Ryu proved again she is a tough competitor as she defeated Katherine Hull 5&4 to advance to the quarterfinals. Ryu is inching her way closer to her first victory since the 2011 U.S. Women's Open. Ryu will face a fierce match play competitor in Hurst this afternoon. Hurst was a rookie on the 2011 U.S. Solheim Cup team and has defeated fellow Americans Cristie Kerr and Angela Stanford in her previous two matches.
Mickey Wright Bracket
Anna Nordqvist of Sweden vs. Morgan Pressel of United States
Pressel tied up her match against No. 2 seedn Na Yeon Choi in the final three holes of the round, needing an additional hole to seal the win. Nordqvist on the other hand took control over Amy Yang after winning four of the last six holes, winning 3&1. It's been nearly five years since we've seen Pressel or Nordqvist hoist an LPGA trophy in the air, so both are hungry for a win this week.
Annika Sorenstam Bracket
Azahara Munoz of Spain vs. Stacy Lewis of United States
Lewis came out as the winner in the battle between former Kraft Nabisco Championship this morning, finishing 1 up against Sun Young Yoo. With a par in the 17th hole, Munoz sealed her match against Jodi Ewart to advance to the quarterfinals. Although Lewis won her second LPGA victory at the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic earlier this year, Munoz's match play experience could give her a leg up in this match. She 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).
Anna Nordqvist (defeats Amy Yang 3&1)
"I hit the ball really well. On the front nine I couldn't really get my distance right. I was either really long or really short and my putts wouldn't go in. But on the back nine I just putted so well, making a couple birdie putts. I just kept giving myself chances and then I was able to close out on 17 so it felt good."
Candie Kung (defeats Yani Tseng 3&2)
"I feel pretty good beating the No. 1 player. I just kept it in play today. She had a couple of error shots and that's how I got to three up. I'm looking forward to another 18, great weather."
Morgan Pressel (defeating Na Yeon Choi 19 holes)
"She gave me a tough match, you know. I made too many mistakes on the front nine, which is why I was down. Na Yeon is such a solid player. She just doesn't make any mistakes. I made some really big putts on 16 and 17 and I was able to take it all the way to 19 holes."
Julieta Granada (defeats Karine Icher 1 UP)
"It felt good. I hit the ball a little bit better than the last couple of days. So that was good. The putting, well the greens were a little faster this morning than the last two days so my speed was a little off and my lines. So I've got to work on that and feel the speed again for this afternoon."
Vicky Hurst (def. Angela Stanford 2&1)
"It was a really good match, we both played well today. I just got it going right in the middle and she (Stanford) has a really good birdie on 16 and I made a clutch putt for par on 17 to close to it out."
So Yeon Ryu (def. Katherine Hull 5&4)
"The greens and course conditions are perfect so once I chose the putting line I could trust it 100 percent. Unfortunately I missed understood about the rule so I lost the next hole but that is just a bad thing. I love my playing now so I am looking forward to the next match."
"I can take a little more rest. I actually think in match play physically is important but I think mentally is more important so I just want to enjoy the tournament."
Azahara Munoz (def. Jodi Ewart 2&1)
"It was kind of rough in the beginning, I wasn't making any putts. I only made two birdies on the front nine then I made a really good up-and-down on 12 to win the hole and after that I played really well and birdied 13, 14 and 17."
Stacy Lews (def. Sun Young Yoo 1 UP)
"It was really tough, me or Sun Young didn't play our best and we were kind of all over the place in the beginning. I found something in the end and birdied the last three to get the win."
"Actually I wasn't surprised I lost because I played bad this week but it's disappointing. I like match play but I just couldn't get it in the hole."