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Lizette Salas, Danielle Kang book Match-Play clash

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Nine players won each of their first two matches of the Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play in Las Vegas, but at least one of them will be eliminated.

In Group 5, good friends Lizette Salas and Danielle Kang will battle Friday for a berth in the tournament’s round of 16.

Salas earned a 3-and-2 win over Switzerland’s Albane Valenzuela on Thursday at Shadow Creek, and Kang topped Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom 2 and 1.

South Korea’s Jin Young Ko improved to 2-0-0 in Group 1 with a 1-up win over Germany’s Caroline Masson. Ko was 3 up with three holes remaining before Masson won the next two holes with birdies. However, each player parred the 18th hole, sealing Ko’s win.

Brittany Altomare leads Group 3 at 2-0-0 after a 1-up victory against Japan’s Ayako Uehara. Altomare claimed the match with a birdie on the final hole.

In Group 4, Jenny Coleman owns a 2-0-0 mark following a 2-and-1 triumph over Angela Stanford.

Alison Lee is in control of Group 6 at 2-0-0 after beating Megan Khang 1 up. Lee squandered a 2-up lead on the back nine before making the decisive birdie at No. 18.

Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn is 2-0-0 in Group 8 thanks to a 6-and-5 rout of Jaye Marie Green.

Japan’s Nasa Hataoka holds a 2-0-0 mark in Group 10 after she blitzed Thailand’s Jasmine Suwannapura 6 and 4.

So Yeon Ryu beat Eun-Hee Ji in an all-South Korean showdown to improve to 2-0-0 in Group 11.

The event is the LPGA Tour’s first match-play competition since 2017.

–Field Level Media

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