Nelly Korda advances, eyes 4th straight win; Rose Zhang loses


World number-one Nelly Korda has her sights set on a 4th straight victory on the LPGA Tour, due to her victory over Angel Yin within the quarterfinals of the T-Cellular Match Play.

However her match proved to be extra of a struggle than a simple breeze.

“The climate was very chilly and windy,” Korda mentioned.

“I don’t suppose that was truly forecasted for as we speak, so began off taking part in in actually powerful circumstances.”

Korda birdied the 2nd gap to go 1-up, however Yin tied issues up with a birdie of her personal on the par-5 4th. Then, Korda received the sixth with a par and made a birdie on the par-5 seventh to rapidly go 2-up.

“General, pars go a good distance out right here, particularly within the powerful circumstances,” Korda added.

5 holes later, Korda received the twelfth gap with one other par, giving her a commanding 3-up lead with six holes to play.

She and Yin then traded wins on the fifteenth and sixteenth holes, however the match ended 3 & 2 with Korda’s birdie at 16.

“She’s so good at match play, so I knew that I needed to actually dig deep as we speak to get the W,” Korda mentioned of Yin.

“However proud of how I performed as we speak, and it’s good to complete on a birdie, too.”

Korda will face South Korea’s Narin An, who defeated Japan’s Minami Katsu 1-up within the third match of the day. Their semifinal match will start at 1:55 p.m. native time.

In the meantime, Irishwoman Leona Maguire acquired off to a roaring begin in her quarterfinal match towards Moriya Jutanugarn, profitable three of the primary 5 holes to go 2-up early on.

“I knew I used to be going to must play some fairly good golf to beat [Jutanugarn] this morning,” Maguire mentioned after her win.

The Solheim Cup

Leona Maguire and Nelly Korda on the 2023 Solheim Cup.
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“She had plenty of momentum from her 5-under yesterday, which is spectacular in these circumstances—acquired off to a pleasant begin. Was 2-up by way of 3. Holed a very nice putt for birdie on the third, which felt like a little bit of a steal. Yeah, simply performed regular, performed stable, saved strain on her all the way in which; good to get it performed on 15.”

Maguire’s match was by no means actually doubtful, as she received 4 & 3. The Cavan native will sq. off towards Sei Younger Kim this afternoon within the first semifinal match, teeing off at 1:40 p.m. native time.

Kim defeated Rose Zhang 6 & 5. The South Korean received seven of 13 holes to ship Zhang residence early.

Kim has 12 profession LPGA Tour titles, the final one coming on the 2020 Pelican Girls’s Championship. She additionally received the 2020 KPMG Girls’s PGA Championship at Aronomik outdoors of Philadelphia.

“I performed with [Maguire] yesterday,” Kim mentioned afterward.

“She’s a really aggressive individual, appears to be like prefer it. Yeah, I like taking part in together with her. Yeah, I’m wanting ahead to it. I’m undecided what’s going to occur, however, yeah, I’ll strive my finest.”

Reside protection of those two semifinal matches will start on Golf Channel at 6 p.m. ET.

The winners will play within the finals on Sunday.

If Korda and Maguire win, it will arrange a Solheim Cup rematch. These two gamers squared off towards one another twice final yr at Finca Cortesín, with the Individuals and Europeans every profitable a degree.

Jack Milko is a golf workers author for SB Nation’s Enjoying Via. Make sure you try @_PlayingThrough for extra golf protection. You possibly can observe him on Twitter @jack_milko as nicely.