After Day of Upsets, Final Four Settled at Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play

Sophia Popov
Sophia Popov hits a shot during a playoff hole during round four of the Bank of Hope Match-Play at Shadow Creek on May 29, 2021 in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn via Getty Images)

The inaugural Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play at famed Shadow Creek saw another string of upsets on Saturday, as the field whittled down to its final four.

The finalists include not a single player ranked in the field’s top-10 with Sophia Popov, the top-ranked player at 15. The German will face off against China’s Shanshan Feng (19), while American Ally Ewing (20) will take on Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn (16).

The four players survived three days of group play and two knock-out matches on the extremely challenging Shadow Creek track. They also pushed through five days of blazing Las Vegas sun and heat, with daily mid-day temps hovering around 100.

Congrats to all four!

ROUND-OF-16

Danielle Kang (5) def. Bronte Law (44), 2 up
Ally Ewing (20) def. Jenny Coleman (61), 19 holes
Minjee Lee (8) def. Mel Reid (24), 5 and 4
Ariya Jutanugarn (16) def. Anna Nordqvist (32), 4 and 3
Eun-Hee Ji (43) def. Jenny Shin (38), 19 holes
Shanshan Feng (19) def Brittany Altomare (30), 22 holes
Patty Tavatanakit (7) def. Nasa Hataoka (10), 6 and 4
Sophia Popov (15) def. Inbee Park (2), 20 holes

QUARTERFINALS

Ally Ewing (20) def. Danielle Kang (5), 1 up
Sophia Popov (15) def. Patty Tavatanakit (7), 3 and 2
Ariya Jutanugarn (16) def. Minjee Lee (8), 5 and 4
Shanshan Feng (19) def. Eun-Hee Ji (43), 19 holes


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