Saturday, July 21, 2007

Ju-Lyssa – HSBC Match Play – 3rd Round and Quarter-Finals

The final four is set at the HSBC Women’s World Match Play Championship. Mi Hyun Kim, Ai Miyazato, Seon Hwa Lee and Maria Hjorth will all play 36 holes tomorrow and determine the champion.

In the 3rd Round matches this morning, Kim defeated Rachel Hetherington 3&2, Miyazato beat Christina Kim 2&1, Lee won 2&1 over Laura Davies, and Hjorth won the 19th hole to defeat Angela Stanford. These four were joined in the Quarter-Finals by Amy Hung (beat Carin Koch on the 19th hole), Lindsay Wright (1-up over Jeong Jang), Jee Young Lee (2-up over Laura Diaz) and Meaghan Francella (2&1 over Pat Hurst). As you can see all of these matches were closely contested – only Peanut’s match failed to last until 17, and two of them went an extra hole.

In the Quarters, the Miyazato-Hung match went back and forth with both players winning four of the first 16 holes. Miyazato birdied 18 to win, 1-up. Hjorth lost the 1st hole but then won four of the next six and wound up beating Francella 4&3. Seon Hwa Lee and Wright split the first four holes before Lee took off, winning four of the next seven to eventually win 3&2. The fourth match was Mi Hyun Kim versus Jee Young Lee – IMO, the two best players left among the eight. Fittingly, they needed all 18 holes to decide it. Lee bogeyed 16 to go 2-down with two to go but birdied to win 17 and force the final hole. Both players parred it so Kim advanced 1-up.

So the semi-final matchups are:
Mi Hyun Kim vs Seon Hwa Lee
Ai Miyazato vs Maria Hjorth

I’ll have to predict a Kim-Miyazato final with Peanut winning it all. I’ve commented enough on my busted-beyond-recognition bracket.

As you can probably tell, I didn’t see any of the TV coverage today. We were celebrating my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary today. I’m not sure how Mom made it this far.

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