Furue Ayaka (Japan), who lost the championship last year to Ji Eun-hee (37, Hanwha Q Cells), won the LPGA Tour Bank of Hope Match Play (total prize money of $1.5 million) in the semifinals rose to
In the quarterfinals of the tournament held at Shadow Creek Golf Club (par 72, 6804 yards) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on the 28th (Korean time), Furue advanced to the semifinals by leading Celine Boutier (France) by two holes to the 17th hole. .안전놀이터
Hurue is the player who won her first LPGA Tour victory by winning the Scottish Open in July last year. She recorded eight victories on the JLPGA tour.
Furue, who had to be satisfied with a runner-up after losing to Ji Eun-hee in the final of last year’s competition, continued her strong performance in this competition as well. They won all 3 matches in the group stage, won both the round of 16 and the quarterfinals, and took a chance to win the championship in a year.
After beating Maya Stark (Sweden) by two holes in the previous round of 16, Furue struggled against Butier.
After being pushed back by one hole to the 13th hole (par 3), he sighed while balancing on the 14th hole (par 4). Furue took the lead in the back judgement. He took down the 16th and 17th holes and confirmed his advancement to the semifinals with a thrilling come-from-behind victory.
Furue also competes with Riona Maguire (Ireland), who is winning all five matches in this tournament, to advance to the final.
Maguire, who recorded her first LPGA tour win at the Drive-On Championship in February last year, is showing overwhelming skills in this tournament from the group stage to the round of 16 and quarterfinals.
Maguire, who ran 5 consecutive victories. ⓒ AFP=News1
Maguire advanced to the semifinals by beating Perrin Delacourt (France) by 5 holes in the round of 16 and Lindsey Weaver Wright (USA) by 3 holes in the quarterfinals.
In the other semi-final match, Pajari Anannarukan (Thailand) and Lynn Grant (Sweden) met.
Anannarukan, who reached the round of 16 after extra time in the group stage, defeated Cheyenne Knight (USA) and Carlota Zinda (Spain) in succession to join the semifinals.
Anannarukan is a two-winner on the LPGA Tour. Grant will challenge for his first win on the tour in this tournament.
Meanwhile, 8 Korean players, including last year’s champion Ji Eun-hee, participated in this tournament, but all of them failed to advance to the round of 16, eroding their pride.