LAS VEGAS. Caroline Masson beat top-seeded Minji Lee 2-1 on Friday in 100-degree heat in the Bank of Hope LPGA game to end the group stage 3-0 and move into the elimination game.
Masson will face Andrea Lee on Saturday in the Round of 16 at Shadow Creek. Andrea Lee beat Stephanie Meadow 2-1 to advance to her group 2-0-1.
After Mingji Lee won the Founders’ Cup two weeks ago and won 14th and 15th places, tied with one, Masson finished the match with parity in 17th place.
“I knew it would be hard,” Masson said. “Minji is a great player. She’s been great in recent years – well, in recent years, really, but also in the last few weeks. In addition, this is a match game, and it seems to me that here anyone can beat anyone. I just believed in my game. Feel like I hit it good. I was in control.”
Scoring from Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play
Masson also had 2 wins and 1 over Brittany Altomare on Wednesday and Yungin Chun on Thursday. The four-time Solheim Cup player from Germany won his only LPGA Tour title in 2016.
“It was a great three days,” Masson said. “I think this golf course is really hard so I feel like I didn’t play my best game, but I also think a lot of players probably feel the same way. I really made the most of it and just really happy to close it today.”
Minji Li, ranked fourth in the world, was 1-2.
Seven of the 16 weekend qualifiers overtook their groups: Madeleine Sagstrom, Jody Ewart Shadoff, Paula Reto, Tiffany Chan, Lilia Wu and Hye-Jin Choi tied Masson 3-0.
Sagstrom beat Ryan O’Toole 2 and 1 to set up a match against Emma Talley.
“So far I feel good,” Masson said. “Hot. You’re trying to drink and just rest as much as you can, and that’s kind of what I did. My caddy was a little mad at me. He’s like, ‘Come on, Madeleine, I don’t want to do 18 holes.’
Shadoff was ahead of Jasmine Suvannapura, 3 and 2. She will face Chan.
“I’m very happy with the level my game is at,” Shadoff said. “I think being a good striker is really an advantage here. The greens are really strong. Just taking advantage of the blows I throw. So, yeah, I’m looking forward to the weekend.”
Las Vegas resident Jenny Sheen rallied to a draw with Haji Kang to move ahead with a 2-0-1 record. She will meet with Annie Park.
“Today I made golf harder, so I’m very happy that I managed to get into the number 16,” Shin said.
She usually avoids playing in the heat of the afternoon.
“I just don’t go out at this time,” Shin said. “My practice starts at 6 and ends well before it gets really hot. I wouldn’t torture myself and expose myself here.”
Two groups were determined in the playoffs, with Gemma Dryburgh beating Gaby Lopez and Moriah Jutanugarn beating Ashley Buhai. Both won with pairs on the first hole. They will meet each other on Saturday
In the other round of 16 matches, Choi will face Eun-Hee Ji, Allisen Corpus will face Lilia Wu, and Reto will face Ayaka Furue.