After reading about the bad weather in the AM, I'm a little let down that MHL could only manage a 70 during the good PM weather. But, she's still way ahead of where she was at the same stage in 2017 and we know what happened after that.
Wow, MJ Hur had an amazing mix of great golf and incredible luck today. The luck came, first, when the horrible weather ended just in time for her round to start. Then, she hits a terrible second on the par 5, ending up in a lie where par would have been nice. Instead, she holes out for eagle. When it's your day, it's your day.
So she shoots a tidy 9 under 62 and takes a two shot lead. Four back in a tie for third is Lucky Six, who had a great run on the front nine that the broadcast refused to show for most of it (just comments by the announcers, not actual footage: Lee now made a birdie, hey, another birdie, now an eagle... I mean, my god, she's a Major winner and she's charging up the leaderboard. And she's just behind the group you keep showing. SHOW HER!).
Mi Hyang Lee is in good position for the weekend, as is Chella, but it's another Choi that is really surprising: NYC shot a 64 to move to t-11th, in line for her best result of the year. Go NYC!
Lastly, look at Youngin Chun! 5 under and tied for 14th with three holes to finish. Could she notch her first top ten? Stay tuned!
Carly Booth is a superbly fit athlete who cannot play golf...until this week.
The broadcasters said Booth started working with a new coach, PGA Europe touring pro Robert Rock...age 42 with a 70.98 scoring average this year. Bio from Euro tour website:
Has won twice on the European Tour, first at the 2011 Open d’Italia and then, memorably, the 2012 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, where he held off a host of charging stars including Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods on the final day. Finished a career-high 29th in the 2009 Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex thanks to three runner-up finishes. Widely regarded as one of the best swing coaches of any touring professional, currently coaching Matt Wallace, Alejandro Cañizares and Thomas Bjørn while also helping out Kelsey Macdonald and Charlotte Thompson on the Ladies European Tour. Rose to prominence from a Midland PGA Professional and teacher before fulfilling his dream of playing on the European Tour when, having taken up Affiliate Membership, he finished 116th on the 2003 Rankings from his seven invitations to secure his card.
This guy needs to set up shop in the USA to give helpless American women golfers an alternative to Leadbetter and Gilchrist.