Eun-Hee Ji earns US Open spot by winning Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play

Eun-Hee Ji beat Ayaka Furue 3&2 in the final at Shadow Creek to win her sixth LPGA Tour title and her first since 2019.

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Mon, 30 May 2022
Eun-Hee Ji earns US Open spot by winning Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play

Eun-Hee Ji grabbed the last spot at this week's US Women's Open by winning the Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play, beating Ayaka Furue in the final.

Ji secured her sixth win on the LPGA Tour at Shadow Creek and her first win since 2019. At the age of 36, she became the oldest ever South Korean winner on tour.

After bogeying two par-5s on the front nine, Ji birdied the eighth hole to make things all square. She then impressively holed her 92-yard approach to the par-5 9th hole for eagle to edge ahead of Furue.

Ji was 2 up with three holes to play and she sealed the deal with a par on the 16th hole, rolling in a 10-foot putt that Furue couldn't match with a par of her own.

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"I'm so excited to win the tournament. Then going to next week, this is the way to be going into next week. I'm so excited," Ji said after her victory.

"This wind affects a lot. It was a really hard golf course today, especially from the tee shots. Really have to make sure to keep it in the fairway.

"My feet were almost not moving in the last couple of holes and my back hurts, starting to hurt. (I'm) really tired now."

Ji will now head to Pine Needles this week for the US Women's Open, the event where she won her only major championship back in 2009.

She has now moved up to 83rd in the Rolex Rankings and her career earnings stand at $7,865,446. She is also ranked 20th in the Race to the CME Globe.

 

 

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