Kerr, Creamer, Wie advance at Sybase Match Play
GLADSTONE, N.J. – Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie won second-round matches Friday to lead six Americans into the third round of the Sybase Match Play Championship.
Angela Stanford, Stacy Lewis and Brittany Lang were the others Americans to advance in a field where favorites continued to lead the way.
Top-seeded Na Yeon Choi of South Korea, world No. 1 Yani Tseng of Taiwan, No. 3 Suzann Pettersen of Norway and No. 6 seed Ai Miyazato of Japan also won as seven of the top 10 seeds in the $1.5 million event at Hamilton Farm moved to the round of 16 Saturday morning.
Kerr, the reigning LPGA champion, was the most impressive player Friday in a round that was played mostly in heavy rain and ended in brilliant sunshine.
The No. 3 seed, Kerr won the third through eighth holes against LPGA rookie Belen Mozo of Spain en route 7-and-6 rout, her second straight dominant performance.
While there were other one-sided matches, the afternoon had some great drama, particularly Creamer’s match with Hall of Famer Karrie Webb, and Wie’s 20-hole win over Anna Nordqvist of Sweden.
Creamer, the No. 9 seed, posted a 1-up victory, making a downhill, 5-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th to put away the Australian she calls “Webbie.”
The winning putt by the U.S. Women’s Open champion came seconds after Webb just missed a downhill 10-footer. The length could have been shorter, but Webb’s short wedge never moved after hitting above the hole.
Webb also hurt herself by missing short birdie putts at No. 13 and 17 with the match all square.
Wie, the No. 9 seed, rallied from 2-down to tie the match with consecutive birdies at Nos. 13 and 14. She had a chance to win the match at 18th but her downhill 5-foot birdie putt never touched the hole.
Nordqvist lost the match with a bogey at the 20th hole, the par-5 second. She hit a water-logged third shot heavy in front of the green, knocked her fourth about 8 feet past the pin and missed the par-saver.
Wie was conceded a par after missing a birdie attempt.
Choi, the leading money winner on the tour last year, needed 20 holes to beat Karen Stupples of England. Tseng was a 3-and-2 winner over Jenny Suh, Pettersen routed Amy Hung of Taiwan 5 and 3, and Miyazoto was a 3-and-2 winner over Hee-Won Han of South Korea.
Lewis beat Shanshan Feng of China 3 and 2, Lang upset No. 7 seed I.K. Kim of South Korea 3 and 1, and Stanford, last year’s runner-up, was impressive for the second straight round with a 5-and-4 win over fellow American Wendy Ward.
Defending champion Sun Young Yoo of South Korea saw her dream of repeating end when Canadian Alena Sharp ousted her, 2 and 1.
Other second-round winners were Sophie Gustafson of Sweden, Julieta Granada of Paraguay, Meena Lee of South Korea, Kyeong Bae of South Korea and Inbee Park of South Korea.
Round of 16 pairings
Annika Sorenstam Bracket
Ai Miyazato (6), Japan, vs. Inbee Park (11), South Korea
Cristie Kerr (3), United States, vs. Kyeong Bae (47), South Korea
Mickey Wright Bracket
Meena Lee (33), South Korea, vs. Angela Stanford (18), United States
Paula Creamer (10), United States, vs. Brittany Lang (35), United States
Patty Berg Bracket
Na Yeon Choi (1), South Korea, vs. Alena Sharp (50), Canada
Michelle Wie (9), United States, vs. Sophie Gustafson (42), Sweden
Kathy Whitworth Bracket
Suzann Pettersen (5), Norway, vs. Stacy Lewis (21), United States
Yani Tseng (4), Taiwan, vs. Julieta Granada (62), Paraguay