Stanford knocks off Creamer
GLADSTONE, N.J. (AP) – Angela Stanford birdied four of the final five holes to beat Paula Creamer 2-up Saturday and set up an all-America semifinal with Cristie Kerr in the Sybase Match Play Championship.
Top-seeded Na Yeon Choi of South Korea will face No. 3 Suzann Pettersen of Norway in the other semifinal Sunday morning at Hamilton Farm Golf Club.
The championship in the $1.5 million tournament will be decided Sunday afternoon, with Stanford looking to reach the final for the second straight year. She lost to Sun Young Yoo last year.
Kerr, the No. 3 seed who hasn’t played more than 16 holes in any match, had a 3-and-2 win over Ai Miyazato of Japan in the opening quarterfinal on a rare sunny day in New Jersey this week.
Choi beat No. 42 Sophie Gustafson of Sweden 2-up, and Pettersen holed an 8-foot birdie putt on her good-luck final hole to edge world No. 1 Yani Tseng of Taiwan. Tseng burned the cup on a birdie attempt from the same range seconds later to give Pettersen the 1-up victory.
In winning four matches this week, Pettersen nailed down her victories at the par-5 final hole.