Hamilton Farm Golf Club
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Semifinal Notes and Interviews
The final match is set for the Sybase Match Play Championship. Rolex Rankings No. 10 will take on Rolex Rankings No. 40 Sun Young Yoo for the first-place prize of $375,000. Yoo can become the first Rolex first-time winner of 2010 with a victory this afternoon. She will find a tough opponent in three-time winner Angela Stanford. Stanford has competed on three U.S. Solheim Cup teams with a 2-1-0 singles record. Yoo has played the best golf of her season this week at Hamilton Farm Golf Club. Yoo has defeated some of the top-ranked players in the world this week, including Rolex Rankings No. 1 Jiyai Shin, No. 4 Yani Tseng, No. 5 Cristie Kerr and No. 12 Song-Hee Kim.
The road to the finals.
Angela Stanford (10) defeated Amy Hung (59), Pat Hurst (41), Amanda Blumenherst (55), Catriona Matthew (15) and Amy Yang (30)
Sun Young Yoo (28) defeated Karen Stupples (34), Cristie Kerr (5), Song-Hee Him (12), Yani Tseng (4) and Jiyai Shin (1)
Yoo continued her superior play this morning, upsetting Rolex Rankings No. 1 Jiyai Shin. Yoo jumped off to a hot start against Shin, winning the second and third holes. After halving the next four, Yoo birdied the par-3 8th to extend her lead to 3 UP. Shin won the 10th with a par. Yoo won the 11th with a par. Shin took the 12th with a birdie. The remaining holes were halved with pars. Yoo clinched the match on the 17th by a margin of 2&1.
Stanford won her match over Amy Yang on the 19th hole. Stanford won the second and fourth holes to gain an early 2 UP lead over Yang. After Yang won the sixth, Stanford won the eighth and tenth holes to extend her lead to 3 UP. Yang, who never led in the match, mounted a comeback starting with a birdie on the par-5 11th. She then birdied the par-3 16th and the par-5 18th to force the match to extra holes. Stanford won the first playoff hole with a par.
SUN YOUNG YOO (def. Jiyai Shin 2 & 1)
MODERATOR: You seem to be playing really well right now. Just what's going right with your game?
SUN YOUNG YOO: I've been putting really good, made some birdies out there, that's it.
MODERATOR: The front 9, you got up on her early with some birdies. Did that give you more confidence going into the back 9?
SUN YOUNG YOO: Of course leading from front 9 really helped me.
MODERATOR: Were you shaking at all, worried at all after the – after 16 lipping out, the putt, or at any point during the round?
SUN YOUNG YOO: I was a little disappointed in myself, but I wasn't nervous. I just tried to calm down myself.
MODERATOR: Coming into today, did you feel good? Obviously playing the number 1 player in the world, what were you thinking?
SUN YOUNG YOO: Like I said earlier, everybody's good this week, so I think the ranking number's just a number, so you never now.
JIYAI SHIN (lost to Sun Young Yoo)
MODERATOR: Sort of what happened there the last couple holes?
JIYAI SHIN: Well, actually, today my shot or my play was good, but Son Young Yoo, she's more better than me. First front 9 she was perfect play, so I tried to following, I tried to catch up, but it was not enough.
MODERATOR: Did you feel like you might have gotten a second chance there on 16 when she missed that putt?
JIYAI SHIN: Well, I think so. Actually I'm surprised she missed her short putt. I still had a chance on 17, but I did my best.
MODERATOR: How was the week? How do you sum up the week?
JIYAI SHIN: Well, I was a really good feeling. Actually not much match play and again more pressure for this week. But I still survived until Sunday. Good thing.
MODERATOR: Do you like match play?
JIYAI SHIN: Well, I do, yeah, more attention on the course.