After Emma TalleyBank of Hope LPGA Match-Play second-round match presented by MGM Rewards on Wednesday, where she came away with a hard-fought tie with Stacy Lewis, the Kentucky native said: “That’s the pressure we (players) live for.” This pressure, in turn, leads to the excitement that fans live for, especially during match play.
During Friday’s third round of pod play, fans can expect both pressure and excitement from group five, with Americans Talley, Lewis, Jennifer Kupcho and Lauren Stephenson. Talley leads the group with 1.5 points followed closely by Kupcho and Stephenson with one point each. Lewis has a half point after Wednesday’s game. The closeness of the points means it’s still anyone’s game – except for Lewis – bearing in mind that only one of the four players will advance to Saturday morning’s round of 16. Let’s look at the scenarios.
If Talley beats Stephenson, she’ll move on regardless of the outcome of the Lewis/Kupcho match. If Talley is tied and Kupcho wins, we’re looking at a playoff between the two. The same is true if Kupcho and Stephenson win. The sudden death playoff will begin on hole 1. If Lewis beats Kupcho, Talley would advance with a win or a tie, while Stephenson would need a win. No matter the outcome, don’t take your eyes off these matches.
“Coming into the round, I know I have to pretty much win,” Kupcho said. “That’s kind of how it should be, I think, is every game counts. It’s going to be exciting.
Although Lewis will not qualify for the Round of 16, his work on the course is not finished. When asked if the Solheim Cup captain would scout the young Americans in her squad, Lewis said: “One hundred percent.
“Emma and Lauren, I really haven’t played much with. It’s more to see how they play and how they behave on the golf course, just thinking about who they could potentially pair well with,” he said. she declared.
Although Talley still has a long way to go to make the Solheim squad, she was proud of her performance against the captain on Wednesday, battling a 4-hole deficit to tie the game at No.18.
“She probably realized that I had courage and that I wasn’t giving up. I don’t think she’s too happy with me right now, but maybe later,” laughed Talley.