In a back-and-forth match between two Korean “sisters,” 2009 U.S. Women’s Open champion Eun-Hee Ji outlasted Hye-Jin Choi for a 2-and-1 victory. Ji took a 1-up lead with birdies twice on the opening nine holes, but it was Choi, a 2022 LPGA Tour rookie, who held a 1-up lead at the turn after she birdied the par-five ninth. Ji won the next three holes, with a birdie at No. 12 giving her a 2-up lead. Choi again tied the match with wins at 13 and 15, setting up a three-hole showdown for a berth in the Quarterfinals.
Ultimately, Ji only needed two holes to secure the win and an afternoon tee time. She birdied the par-4 16th to go 1 up and took the win with a par at No. 17, reaching the Quarterfinals for the second year in a row.
“I feel excited really. I don't feel like (I was) hitting it very well this morning; actually I hit it better than yesterday, so I try (to be) more aggressive with my play,” said Ji. “And Hye-Jin was playing pretty good, especially with her putter, so I had a little bit of pressure on me.”