(The Sports Xchange) - The Lorena Ochoa Match Play tournament is down to the final four and American Michelle Wie is one of the survivors.
Wie won two matches on Saturday at Club de Golf Mexico in Mexico City and advanced to the semi-finals of the LPGA Tour’s first match-play event since 2012.
Joining Wie in the semi-finals are Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand and South Koreans Kim Sei-young and Hur Mi-jung.
Jutanugarn, ranked No. 3 in the world, edged Cristie Kerr with a par on the 19th hole in their afternoon match; Hur posted a 1-up win over Shanshan Feng of China and Kim rolled to a 5-and-4 victory over Karine Icher of France.
Wie hasn’t won since the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open but has put herself in position to end the drought after prevailing in a tight quarter-final matchup in Saturday’s competition.
In an afternoon match, Wie prevailed against fellow American Angel Yin, closing out the tight battle with a birdie on the 20th hole. Wie came from behind twice against the 19-year-old Yin, an LPGA Tour rookie who at one point was 4-up.
“I think it was the definition of survival out there,” Wie said. “She played so good.”
Wie’s next opponent in the semi-finals will be Jutanugarn.
Jutanugarn got past the 39-year-old Kerr, who lost last week in Texas in a six-hole playoff, after letting a three-hole lead slip away before recovering.
“The greens here are really hard to read, the speed, everything,” Jutanugarn said. “Cristie hit some really good putts, but they just didn’t go in.”
Feng missed a birdie putt on the 18th hole that could have closed out her match against Hur. Instead, Hur won on the first extra hole and now faces Kim.
“Before today, we talked a little bit,” Kim said of a possible matchup with Hur. “If you win today, you might play with me tomorrow, so ‘see you tomorrow,’ she said. It came true.”
In the morning round, Hur knocked out top-ranked Lydia Ko with a 1-up victory and prevailed by the same result in the afternoon against Feng.
In the morning’s round of 16, Wie handled Marina Alex 5 and 4, Yin ousted Germany’s Sandra Gal 3 and 2, Jutanugarn stopped Pernilla Lindberg 5 and 3, Kim topped Briton Charley Hull 3 and 1, Feng took out Canadian Brooke Henderson 1 up, Icher beat Angela Stanford 1 up, and Kerr downed Cydney Clanton 3 and 2.