Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sybase Match Play Championship Saturday: It's Down to Kerr v. Stanford, Choi v. Pettersen

Since Hound Dog has given the detailed overview of the 3rd round and quarterfinals of the Sybase Match Play Championship, Ryan Ballengee has given the Cliffs Notes version, and has their own extensive notes and interviews on both rounds, I'm just going to note that Na Yeon Choi was the only player I was rooting to make the Final 4 who avoided falling prey to the Mostly Harmless jinx.

I was super-excited about Ai Miyazato's comeback against Cristie Kerr to kick off the back 9, but that missed 5-footer on 12 that would have brought her from 3-down to all square was a killer. Still, I really think Ai-sama found something this week, both technically and mentally. I think playing match play forced her to focus on 1 shot at a time and did wonders for her ball-striking. As her short missed putts against Kerr on both the front and back show, her putting's still not quite there, but those 6 birdies she dropped on Inbee Park lead me to believe she's on her way out of her mini-slump. Plus, she qualified for the Titleholders this week!

As for onechan's favorite golfer, Paula Creamer, she just couldn't withstand a birdie barrage at the end of the round from Angela Stanford. Meanwhile, I never expected Ya Ni Yseng to putt down the stretch Saturday like Karen Stupples did against Na Yeon Choi on Friday. But since they've already started playing the semifinals and the girls are clamoring for me to arrange a play date for them, it's time to bring this pitiful post to close.

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