Joh tops Shin in LPGA eTour Live quarters
Tiffany Joh has earned a bit of a following on social media during quarantine, thanks in large part to her humorous posts, her dragon onesie and her #quarantunes posts of her playing music.
But on Wednesday she was all business … even though she was still wearing that dragon onesie.
Playing in the third quarterfinal of the LPGA eTour Live virtual tournament, Joh used her putter to put away Jenny Shin 2 and 1 at The Old Course, St Andrews in Scotland.
The win not only puts Joh in the semifinals, but perhaps more important to the 33-year-old San Diego native, gives her a trio of side-bet wins.
In the postmatch interview, British golfer and eTour announcer Henni Zuel revealed that as a result of the match, Shin must wear a onesie to the next players meeting, wear a bra as a mask the next time she runs errands, and smear ketchup on her forehead “Simba style” while playing “Lion King” music.
“All I can say is that (Shin’s) social-media feed is going to be very interesting,” Joh said after the win. “I’m very excited for that player meeting. I have a couple of onesies in mind. I think I’ll actually give her a choice, but I’m quite excited and obviously over the moon to have won this match.”
Playing on the back nine, Shin and Joh were even through the first three holes. On No. 4, Joh — whose avatar was sporting a court jester’s hat — missed a 16-foot putt just right of the hole, leaving her a 2-footer to win the hole.
“You would think that the person that I am playing would concede this,” Joh joked after play-by-play announcer Tom Abbott said, “This should be conceded, surely.”
Shin then conceded the putt, joking, “I got peer-pressured.”
After Shin three-putted on No. 7 for bogey, she conceded an 8-inch putt to give Joh her second hole.
On the following hole, Shin chipped in for par, forcing Joh to have to sink a 10-foot putt to halve the hole and win the match. Going downhill from right-to-left, Joh rolled the ball into the right side of the cup for the win.
Joh will face the winner of the Friday’s match between Lucy Li and Jane Park, the last quarterfinal of the event.
Eight players from the LPGA and Symetra tours are competing head-to-head in a single-elimination bracket of nine-hole matches on the World Golf Tour online game. The event is keeping LPGA players and fans engaged during the tour’s shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Angel Yin and Jessica Korda will meet May 27 in the first semifinal, with Joh’s semifinal scheduled for May 29. The championship match will be played on June 3.
The matches are streaming live on the WGT Twitch, YouTube and Facebook accounts, LPGA’s Twitter, Facebook, YouTube accounts and LPGA.com, and Discovery’s GOLFTV Twitter and Facebook accounts, and is available via video on demand on Golf Channel’s YouTube account and GolfChannel.com.
–Field Level Media
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