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Tiffany Chan makes most of her LPGA sponsor invite to Match Play

Minjee Lee entered the Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play as the hottest player on the tour, earning a victory in New Jersey and leading the points race throughout the season.

Tiffany Chan has responded to a sponsor’s invitation, after losing her playing card with a year of poor play in 2021.

Only one of them will be there for the weekend, and it’s not the top seed.

Chan ended an unlikely 3-0 run through her group on Friday with a 2 win over Amy Olson. She will advance to the round of 16, where she will face Jodi Ewart Shadoff, another undefeated player in the early rounds.

“It’s a small field, and sometimes you just need a chance. You just need one chance to really try and play your best,” Chan said of his invite.

Chan and Jenny Shin are the two Las Vegas players still on the court, and their bond is close. Chan was actually living with Shin when she first moved to Las Vegas two years ago.

whirlwind week

When Emma Dryburgh went to dinner Tuesday night, she wasn’t on the court. But at 9 p.m. she received a text from the tour saying that Anna Nordqvist had stepped down and that she, as first alternate, was on board. Now she finds herself in the round of 16.

Dryburgh beat Gabby Lopez 2 and 1 on Friday, then beat her again in the playoffs after they both finished their pod with 2-1 records.

Dryburgh played a practice round Sunday at Shadow Creek, but because she wasn’t on the court, she didn’t play pro-am Monday or Tuesday. His Wednesday game, a loss to Cheyenne Knight, was a blur.

But starting Thursday, she found her groove, beat Chella Choi, then knocked down Lopez on Friday.

“I had no expectations, to be honest,” she said of how she could play. “I think everything was a bonus, to be honest. Coming into the event, I really didn’t expect it, so I have Anna Nordqvist to thank for that.

under the radar

Paula Reto has been around the LPGA Tour for nine years and has just five top-10 finishes to show for it. But after three perfect days at Shadow Creek, Reto advanced to the round of 16.

Although it may come as a surprise to some, don’t count Reto in this group. She’s made all the cuts this season and is thriving in a format she loves.

“I’m the type that doesn’t give up. I have a lot of, how can I say, enthusiasm to play well and I want to play well,” she said. “So I’m going to keep trying, keep fighting, and especially like if I have a few holes left I’m going to work.

“I’m just not going to give up.”

Greg Robertson covers golf for the Review-Journal. He can be reached at [email protected]