Kang, Salas arrange pleasant LPGA Match Play showdown

Danielle Kang and Lizette Salas arrange a showdown Friday for a spot within the remaining 16 within the LPGA Match Play

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Danielle Kang and Lizette Salas arrange a showdown Friday for a spot within the remaining 16 within the LPGA Match Play. First, they deliberate to observe “Buddies: The Reunion” collectively.

“After all,” Salas mentioned.

“There’s a reunion,” Kang added.

“We have now matching `Buddies’-like doorways, the yellow body,” Salas mentioned. “We have now matching key chains. She acquired the set.”

The buddies every gained their first two matches at Shadow Creek to arrange the duel for a spot within the remaining 16. On Thursday in sizzling situations, Kang beat Madelene Sagstrom 2 and 1, and Salas topped Albane Valenzuela 3 and a couple of.

Kang is a Las Vegas resident and ambassador for course proprietor MGM Resorts.

“Tomorrow goes to be undoubtedly attention-grabbing,” Kang mentioned. “I’m taking part in one in all my finest buddies. However on the finish of the day, we’re nonetheless rivals. Simply going to go on the market and play the perfect we will, and on the finish of the day I need to win and I do know she needs to win. So we’re going to carry our A video games and see who comes out on prime.”

Salas is coming off her finest end of the yr, a tie for fifth final week within the Pure Silk Championship in Virginia.

“We go means again and we all know one another’s video games, and clearly that is her dwelling course,” Salas mentioned. “I’ve to deal with me and what I’m able to. I consider my recreation is there and I might maneuver my means round this golf course. It’s going to be a battle. It’s going to be enjoyable.”

Second-ranked Inbee Park, the Corridor of Famer from South Korea who went to highschool in Las Vegas and lives within the space, rebounded from a gap tie to beat Celine Boutier 5 and three.

“Simply making an attempt to play a bit higher than the day earlier than,” Park mentioned. “There will not be many birdies out right here, so making an attempt to hit some pictures that I actually need to hit and making an attempt to remove some bogeys on the market.”

Fourth-seeded Brooke Henderson dropped out of rivalry together with her second straight loss, falling 1 up when Ashleigh Buhai gained the par-5 18th with a birdie.

Stacy Lewis will face ANA Inspiration winner Patty Tavatanakit for a spot in single elimination within the remaining occasion earlier than the U.S. Girls’s Open is week at Olympic in San Francisco. They had been each 1-0-1, with Lewis successful the ultimate two holes with pars to tie Sarah Kemp, and Tavatanakit beating Mi Hyang Lee 2 and 1.

“I simply tried to play good,” Lewis mentioned. “Fortunately par was adequate.”

“This format is just a little unusual,” Lewis mentioned. “We’re nonetheless making an attempt to determine the way it all works. Really feel such as you do all this work to get to the purpose tomorrow the place you do have a possibility to advance, and so that you type of need to throw every little thing out, overlook about what you probably did the final two days, and actually simply comes right down to tomorrow.”

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