GLADSTONE – Suzann Pettersen and Cristie Kerr faced the media together at Sybase Match Play Championship on Wednesday.

Does it hurt more to lose in a match play event a reporter asked.

“Cristie, do you want to take that?” Pettersen said with a laugh.

Pettersen defeated Kerr in last year’s final. The two LPGA standouts are among the favorites when the $1.5 million Match Play Championship begins Thursday at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Somerset County.

The tournament features 64 of the world’s top women golfers, who will compete in match-play format. Pettersen is currently ranked No. 3 in the world, while Kerr is No. 5.

“You never know what’s going to happen in match play,” Kerr said. There are a lot of upsets. People who you think should make it to the semis and finals don’t. Some years they do. You just never know.”

Sybase is the first of two LPGA stops in New Jersey this spring. The $1.5 million ShopRite LPGA Classic will be held on the Bay Course at Seaview Resort in Galloway Township on June 1-3. Nearly all of the golfers who play Sybase will also tee it up at the ShopRite Classic.

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