Ally Ewing Secures LPGA Matchplay Title

Ally Ewing Secures LPGA Matchplay Title

Ally Ewing Wins Matchplay
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Ally Ewing defeated Sophia Popov 2&1 to claim her second LPGA Tour title at the LPGA Matchplay.

Ally Ewing Secures LPGA Matchplay Title

After defeating hometown favourite, Danielle Kang (opens in new tab), in the quarter-finals. Ewing would face off against Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn (opens in new tab) in the semis.

With the pair all-square through seven holes, Ewing would birdie the seventh and ninth to sit two-up after the front nine.

Despite losing the 10th, the American would reel off three wins in four holes to sit four-up with four holes to play.

Jutanugarn would birdie the 15th, but a couple of pars at the par-5 16th was enough for Ewing to advance to the final.

The 28-year-old would now face either Sophia Popov (opens in new tab) or China's Shanshan Feng.

Ally Ewing Wins Matchplay

Popov had defeated Inbee Park and Patty Tavatanakit to advance to the final days play. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

In a tightly fought contest, it would be Popov who would advance, with a par at the 17th hole proving to be the difference.

With the two matches now decided, Feng would in fact concede her consolation match to Jutanugarn, stating “Next week is the US Women’s Open. I just want to be well-rested and protect myself.” (opens in new tab)

With the consolation match being conceded, only the final between Ewing and Popov remained.

As the game got underway, it was Ewing who took the early advantage, with a par at the second giving her a one-up lead.

A classy up-and-down followed at the fourth, before a birdie at the sixth doubled her advantage.

Popov wasn't giving in though, with a par at the 11th halving the deficit. However, Ewing would produce a killer blow at the 14th, with her putt from off the green finding the bottom of the cup.

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Sitting two-up with four holes remaining, the pair would halve the 15th, 16th and 17th, handing Ewing a 2&1 victory and her second LPGA Tour title.

Speaking after her win, the American said: "I felt like I was limping in. I just got really fatigued out there. I'm going to have to find away of resting before the Major championship next week.

"But we're going to soak in this victory this week and be ready to tee it up on Thursday."

Matt Cradock
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x