Lee Ann Pace currently T1. Good to see her playing so well after WDing due to debilitating back pain at the CP a few days ago...immediately after shooting a 9 on the Aon Risk Reward hole, which some said was done to protect her lead for the $1 million.
Not me though! I'm sure her miraculous back cure will continue to hold up so she can get the required number of rounds in to qualify. Unless, of course, she shoots another big number on the Aon hole.
With a birdie on the Risk Reward hole today. Go Lee Ann!
Jin Young Ko really did receive a good amount of coverage thanks to her run o' excellence the past few rounds. There even was a ten minute segment on Morning Drive, in between endless blather about Rory McIlroy. In the process, they couldn't help but talk about how great Ko is in general. So if just for that, the streak was a great thing.
But whether it was the longest streak of its kind or not, it was darn impressive. I could tell it really shook her when she missed on nine; she didn't seem to be fully there much of the rest of the round. Still, it was her only botch of the day; she missed at least three more birdies by just inches, and cruised through even the hardest holes. Now that she's actually played the back nine, we'll see how she does tomorrow!
Some other great rounds, meanwhile. MJ Hur with another corker to tie for the lead at 8 under. Both of the kids, Yealimi Noh and Youngin Chun, did really well (Noh -7, Chun -5). Lucky 6 shot a lucky 6 under. And Namdalla produced a 67.
Well, with lightning on the horizon, but moving away fast I was first off, first tee, with a young group of rookies, all with first names starting with "L". The scorer and I names it the L-cubed group. I was tipped that the group was going to be some very pleasant looking girls and they didn't disappoint. Easily the best looking group of LPGA's I've ever had in all the years doing this. Some kid who is going to have them today will be drooling the whole time. And we all played terrific, literally only 4-5 bogeys all day between the whole group. We combined for a -14 between them with a 66, 65, and a 69, also the best combined scores I've ever had by a group in all my years walking the course. I believe their names were Ridderstrom, Stephenson, and Weaver. Miss Weaver was a big disappointment completely ignoring me and the scorer, pouting by herself over missed putts and completely blowing us off after the round, walking by us and not even acknowledging our congratulations on the good round. I predict a short LPGA career for her if she doesn't change her attitude, especially the pouting and teeth gnashing after a missed shot. To tell you the truth, the course was really defenseless yesterday and a good many took advantage of it by the scores. You were blown by if you were only 1-2 under. Look forward to today. I'm going around twice. Take care. -ol'68 EDIT- Go Jane Park!!!
Great clean minus six first round by Jeongeun Lee6. Jin Young still hit her quality approach shots on the back nine. Her putter went into the freeze mode. Sung Hyun Park made a great comeback on the back nine, after forty three front nine. Bogey on eighteen dropped her back to minus five but still near the top.
What can I say about the resurgence of MJ Hur. Except great to see it.
I watched plenty of Round One, but didn't feel like watching Round Two. There were 22 players that reached 20-under at Thornberry Creek...and there are 14 players that reached 10-under after two rounds here.
Thursday's broadcast includes some brief propaganda on the Euros being much more competitive this year for the Solheim Cup. Who drinks this Kool-Aid? Just look at the USA...Lexi and J. Korda mailed it in this week...but the 'B' squad (Yin, Altomare and Alex) is in the top-15. Big deal, AVD beat Yin in a long drive contest...per the Rolex Rankings, Angel is again proving this week that she is a golfer while AVD is a basher.
From Thursday...in every other tournament she is Kupchoke.