Jane Park let out a secret and then posted a victory that will see her face somebody who was protecting her hush-hush news.
One day after announcing she was just over five months pregnant, Park knocked off Lucy Li 1 up on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the LPGA eTour Live virtual golf tournament.
Park will face close friend Tiffany Joh on May 29 for a berth in the final. Joh was one of the few people who knew Park is pregnant.
“I think I’d rather play virtual golf right now than actual golf,” Park, who was playing from Atlanta, said during the broadcast.
Park, 33, had posted a photo of her sonogram Thursday on Instagram, publicly acknowledging that she and husband Pete Godfrey, the caddie for LPGA player Ariya Jutanugarn, are expecting a baby.
Park and Li played the back nine of the Pinehurst (N.C.) No. 2 course.
Li, a 17-year-old Symetra Tour golfer, was playing from Palm Desert, Calif. She took a quick lead by sinking a 61-foot putt on the first virtual hole.
Park evened the match with a birdie putt on the third hole.
The next two holes were halved before Park moved ahead on the sixth when Li conceded the putt.
Park was in trouble in on the ninth and final hole when she had to play out of the bunker, but her shot landed on the green. She missed the ensuing downhill putt, and Li was left with a 14-footer she needed to sink to stay in the match.
The putt started off well before drifting to the right and sliding past the hole to give Park the victory.
“I’m very upset that I lost this so I am going to practice this game much like a professional,” Li said afterward. “… If you ask me if I am playing golf, I am playing virtual golf.”
Park knows what to expect as she moves on to face Joh.
“I feel like the only way Tiff and I can communicate is trash talk,” Park said. “Even if we’re in person, just normal conversation is just trash talk. So I expect it to be pretty fun.”
Jessica Korda faces Angel Yin in the other semifinal, slated for Wednesday. The championship match is scheduled for June 3.
The event is keeping LPGA players and fans engaged during the tour’s shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
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.