With her husband in the gallery, Ewing defeats Sophia Popov, 2 and 1, to win LPGA’s Bank of Hope Match Play in Las Vegas
Ally Ewing and her husband, Charlie, celebrated their first wedding anniversary with a golf-themed getaway.
The Ewings, serious golfers who reside in Fulton, Miss., traveled to Las Vegas for the special occasion: Ally, to compete in the LPGA’s Bank of Hope Match Play, and Charlie, the women’s golf coach at Mississippi State, to cheer her efforts.
They had plenty to celebrate late Sunday as Ally Ewing defeated Sophia Popov, 2 and 1, in the final match at Shadow Creek. The tournament was the LPGA’s first match-play event in four years and served as a preview of sorts for U.S. and European players ahead of the Solheim Cup matches in September. (For scores, click here.)
“I feel like I was limping in, really,” Ewing said after she clinched the match with a double bogey on the 17th hole. “I just really got fatigued out there.”
It was the finalists' seventh match in five days. Both players won semifinal matches earlier in the day: Ewing against Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, 3 and 2; Popov against China’s Shanshan Feng, 1 up.
The week began with three days of round-robin play, from which each winner of the 16 four-woman groups advanced to the Round of 16. Ewing went 6-1 for the week, and Popov was 5-1-1.
For Ewing, 28, the victory was her second LPGA career title. In October, she won the LPGA Drive On Championship.
In the final match, Ewing opened a 2-up lead when she played the first eight holes in 2 under. Popov won her only hole of the day with a birdie at the par-5 11th before they matched birdies at the par-3 13th. Ewing restored her 2-up advantage with a birdie at the par-4 14th before both players struggled late on the back nine.
“I’m a little bit sad that I couldn’t play my best this afternoon,” Popov said. “Still, I was right there. For both of us, we could tell that it was not our best performance. You get so close, you just want to win.
“Any other week, if you come in second, it’s a great performance. It’s just that in the match-play format, it feels like a loss.”
Charlie Ewing rushed the green to embrace his wife, then said: “This was the second coolest thing to happen to us on May 30.”
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