Defending champ out at LPGA match play

May 17, 2012 at 8:55 PM

GLADSTONE, N.J., May 17 (UPI) -- Jodi Ewart turned in one of the upsets on the first day of the Sybase Match Play Championship Thursday, eliminating defending champ Suzann Pettersen.

Ai Miyazato, Paula Creamer and Brittany Lincicome, all of whom were among the tournament's Top 10 seeds, also suffered first-round defeats.

Ewart recorded a 3-and-1 triumph over Pettersen at the Hamilton Farm Golf Club, rallying after the defending champion had won the first two holes.

Mariajo Uribe defeated Miyazato 2-up in the final match of the day, Jennifer Johnson was a 2-and-1 winner over Creamer and Ryann O'Toole ousted Lincicome 2-and-1.

World No. 1 Yani Tseng survived with a 1-up win over Jeong Jang, who missed a 6-foot putt on the 18th hole that would have extended the match.

Tseng will meet Katie Futcher Friday after Futcher defeated Chella Choi 4-and-3.

Among the 32 winners Friday were Cristie Kerr, Na Yeon Choi, Jessica Korda, Morgan Pressel, Stacy Lewis and last year's runner-up Angela Stanford.

Michelle Wie was defeated by Mina Harigae 3-and-2.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
SB50: Denver Broncos face tough call at QB in 2016
Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend claims he hit her
NFLPA hopes to have independent arbitration for player discipline next season
Watch every star-studded Super Bowl commercial of 2016
Group recreates 'Mario Kart' video game at UK mall