Kim Se-young wins second round of LPGA match play group stage

South Korean golfer Se-Young Kim, 30, has made a remarkable comeback at the Bank of Hope Match Play on the US Women’s Professional Golf (LPGA) Tour.

Kim defeated Sarah Kemp (AUS) by two shots with one hole to play in the second round of the group stage at Shadowcreek Golf Club (Par 72) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, on 26 June. Playing in Group 13, Kim was expected to have a relatively easy time against world No. 174 Pei-Yun Hsien (CHN) in her first round match, but was left on the ropes when she lost. She needed to beat her second round opponent Sarah Kemp in straight sets to have any chance of progressing to the round of 16.메이저놀이터

Kim seemed to be dragged down by Kemp early in the match. She was down two holes to Kemp after the first five holes. However, the tide began to turn on the sixth hole. While Kemp made a par and then a bogey, Kim levelled with a birdie on the sixth (par-4), a par on the seventh (par-5) and then two consecutive birdies on the eighth and ninth (par-5) to take a two-hole lead. With a two-hole lead, Kim then dropped the 11th (par-4), but took the 15th (par-4) to retain the lead and a par putt at the 17th (par-3) sealed the victory. It was Kim’s first win of the group stage.

The tournament is played in the LPGA Tour’s only match-play format, with only one player from each group of four advancing to the round of 16. In the day’s other Group 13 match, Cheyenne Knight (USA) extended her winning streak to two with a one-hole victory over Peiyun Chien. The in-form Cheyenne Knight will be Kim’s final group opponent. Kim will need to defeat Knight in straight sets if she is to progress to the round of 16.

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