Danielle Kang and Lidget Salas set up a showdown on Friday for a spot in the final 16 in the LPGA match play
North Las Vegas, Nevada – Danielle Kang and Lidget Salas set up a showdown on Friday to make it to the Final 16 in the LPGA Match Play. At first, they planned to watch “Friends: The Reunion” together.
“Of course,” said Salas.
“There’s a reunion there,” Kang said.
“We have ‘friends’ like doors, matching yellow frames,” said Salas. “We have matching key chains. He got the set.”
Each friend won their first two matches at Shadow Creek to establish a duel for a spot in the final 16. In hot conditions on Thursday, Kang beat Madeleine Sagstrom 2 and 1, and Salas topped Alben Valenzuela 3 and 2.
Kang is a resident of Las Vegas and is an ambassador for MGM Resorts, the owner of the course.
“Tomorrow is definitely going to be interesting,” Kang said. “I’m playing one of my best friends. But at the end of the day, we’re still competitive. Just to go there and play the best we can, and at the end of the day I want to win and I know. It’s that she wants to win. So we’ll bring our A game and see who comes out on top.”
Salas is finishing her best of the year, finishing fifth in the Pure Silk Championship in Virginia last week.
Salas said, “We go back a lot and we know each other’s game, and obviously this is his home course. I have to focus on myself and what I’m capable of. I believe.” Is that my game is there and I can change my game. ” Around this golf course. This is going to be a fight. This is going to be fun. “
Second-ranked Inby Park, a South Korean Hall of Famer who attended high school in Las Vegas and lives in the area, returned from an early tie to defeat Celine Boutier 5 and 3.
“Just trying to play a little better than the day before,” Park said. “There aren’t too many birdies here, so I’m trying to hit some shots that I really need to hit and try to eliminate some bogeys there.”
Stacey Lewis will face ANA Inspiration winner Patty Tawtanakit for a spot in the singles elimination in the final event ahead of the US Women’s Open at the Olympics in San Francisco. They were both 1–0–1, with Lewis winning the final two holes with Parse to tie Sarah Kemp, and Tawtnakit defeated Mi Hyang Lee 2 and 1.
“I just tried to play smart,” Lewis said. “Luckily equal was good enough.”
“This format is a little weird,” Lewis said. “We’re still trying to figure out how it all works. Feel like you do all of this work tomorrow to get to the point where you have the opportunity to move forward, and so you get all Gotta throw something out, forget what you did in the last two days, and that really comes down to tomorrow. “
Top-ranked Jin Young Ko surpassed Caroline Mason 1 for her second win.
Third-placed Sei Young Kim, winner of the 2017 event in Mexico, won 18th place for the second consecutive day, this time with Yu Liu. To advance, Kim would have to beat Brittany Altomare and then beat her again in the playoffs. Altomare finished 18th for a 1 up win over Ayako Uehara and a 2–0 record.
Fourth seed Brooke Henderson went out of contention with her second straight loss, falling 1 when Ashley Buhai won the par-5 18th with birdie.