American wins 2nd consecutive match and has yet to reach 18th hole at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas
2: Number of consecutive days in which American Danielle Kang has closed out her opponent before reaching the 18th hole in the LPGA’s Bank of Hope Match Play at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas. Kang, 28, a Las Vegas resident and five-time winner on the LPGA, defeated Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom, 2 and 1, in the round-robin format to improve to 2-0. One day earlier, Kang made four birdies in 12 holes en route to a 7-and-6 drubbing of Switzerland’s Albane Valenzuela. Kang, who is No. 6 in the Rolex Rankings, is the highest-ranked American in the field. Kang will face another undefeated American, Lizette Salas, a 3-and-2 winner against Valenzuela, on Friday for the right to advance out of their group. The top player in each of the 16 four-woman groups after Friday’s third round of matches qualifies for the Round of 16 on Saturday morning, with single-elimination matches through Sunday to decide the winner. The tournament is the LPGA’s first match-play event in four years and serves as a preview of sorts for U.S. and European players ahead of the Solheim Cup matches in September. (For scores, click here.)
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