Win or go home. It’s sudden death for Karis Davidson as she enters Round 3 of Round Robin play at the Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas.
A dominant 5&4 winner over China’s Xiyu Lin on day one, Davidson suffered a 2 down defeat at the hands of Mina Harigae in her second match in Group 4.
The top finisher in each of the 16 groups will advance to the knockout stage and the equation for Davidson is simple.
Up against undefeated Thai Pajaree Anannarukarn, a win would see Davidson and Anannarukarn finish level with two wins. Harigae is also still alive but would need to defeat Lin to also enter playoff calculations.
Anannarukarn is one of 10 players to remain undefeated through two rounds, the 23-year-old currently ranked No.97 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Ranking.
Sarah Kemp is the only other Australian in the field in Las Vegas but after two defeats is no chance of moving out of the round robin phase.
In Round 1 Kemp was defeated 3&2 by Cheyenne Knight and then suffered a narrow 2&1 loss to Korea’s Sei Young Kim on day two.
West Australian Whitney Hillier is among the first groups out for the opening round of the Ladies European Tour’s Belgian Ladies Open that begins Friday afternoon AEST with Epson Tour Race to the Card leader Gabriela Ruffels to tee off at 10.25pm tonight in the Inova Mission Inn Resort and Club Championship in Florida.
Round 1 tee times AEST
Ladies European Tour
Belgian Ladies Open
Naxhelet Golf Club, Belgium
4.33pm Whitney Hillier, Rosie Davies, Michele Thomson
4.55pm Cara Gainer, Olivia Cowan, Momoka Kobori (NZ)
5.17pm Elena Colombo, Kristyna Napoleaova, Hanee Song (NZ)
8.40pm Wenyung Keh (NZ), Sarah Schober, Niina Liias
9.24pm Casandra Alexander, Liz Young, Kirsten Rudgeley
Inova Mission Inn Resort and Club Championship
El Campeon Golf Course, Howey-In-The-Hills, Florida
10.25pm* Gabriela Ruffels, Clariss Guce, Min A Yoon
10.36pm Hira Naveed, Ssu-Chia Cheng, Therese Warner
11.31pm* Alice Duan, Amelia Garvey (NZ), Tristyn Nowlin
2.41am Min Seo Kwak, Amelia Lewis, Cassie Porter
3.25am* Robyn Choi, Beatrice Wallin, Laura Wearn
4.20am* Laura Sluman, Sarah Jane Smith, Rachel Stous