LPGA Match-Play: Ally Ewing, the defending champion, is defeated by Jodi Ewart Shadoff

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Source: Skysports

LPGA Match-Play: On Wednesday at Shadow Creek, Jodi Ewart Shadoff defeated defending champion Ally Ewing 6 and 5 in the opening round of group play in the Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play.

After Ewing won the first hole with a birdie and halved the second with a par, Shadoff won seven of the next nine holes and halved the match on 13.

“I really love match play,” Shadoff said. “Anything can happen. I’ve been playing really solid recently, just been kind of working very hard on my putting with my coach. It seems to be paying off.”

For the first time, the Englishwoman is playing Shadow Creek.

“It’s amazing,” Shadoff said. “Golf course is in incredible condition. You know, it’s one of the best courses I think I played in the U.S. It’s such a great course and a really good challenge, and I think it’s really perfect course for a match-play event.”

Jasmine Suwannapura defeated So Yeon Ryu 5-3 in the other Group 15 match, with the winners of the 16 four-player groups progressing to a single-elimination at the end of round-robin play on Friday.

Shadoff will meet Ryu on Thursday, while Ewing will face Suwannapura.

Minjee Lee ranked No. 4 in the world and the field’s top player defeated Youngin Chun 6-5 after winning the Founders Cup on May 15 in New Jersey.

“It was really fun today,” Lee said. “I made a bunch of birdies and I was able to keep the momentum going to 10, 11, and then played a few more and finished on 13. It was nice to get done early today. It’s getting really hot.”

Sophia Popov, who finished second in the inaugural event last year, was defeated by Jenny Shin 2 to 1. Danielle Kang, a Las Vegas resident, was defeated 7 and 6 by Kelly Tan.

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