Yea!!! So Yeon, great round. I hope that she can keep it going and win. It's going to be tough besting Inbee, and maybe Suzanne. I don't believe in the myth that you can't follow a great round with a great round. It has been done many times.
Wow, great round by So Yeon! 65, and that was good enough to get her the lead for a moment. Great job by Inbee to rally and make two late birdies to retake the lead from her good friend.
Is this being aired anywhere in the world? The only listing I could find indicated they are showing it next week on Sky Sports, long after it ceases being live. Man, I would love to be able to see those two duke it out! And throw in Darth Pettersen and the Chinese starlet for even more spice. Well, maybe Inbee vs. So Yeon is just a dress rehearsal for their Major battle at the ANA Inspiration in a few weeks!
I'm torn; these are two of my big faves. Inbee has been really strong all week, has led wire to wire, and I would feel sad having her lose at this point. On the other hand, So Yeon could REALLY use a big win like this to set her entire season on the right track. I feel like a win here could be the springboard she needs to activate her inner superstar. This could be her Evian moment (named after the Evian '12 win that catapulted Inbee to greatness).
I just hope they both play well and one of them wins it with great play rather than one or both of them losing with bad plays.
Oh, by the way, the Korean team now has a fifteen shot lead in the team competition. So a good chance they'll get the win in that competition.
If you click on the + next to a player's name, their scorecard appears below.
I just realized that you can only see the scorecard for one round not all four. That's odd. I wanted to click on Boineau's scorecard because I was surprised she was up so high. I though she was not doing so well yesterday on the course.
And she did it by showing she has the grit to hang in there when the going gets tough.
Inbee was playing exactly the kind of tournament this week that she had played in Singapore. She was very consistent, under par all four rounds. At the HSBC, that was good enough to win; she let the other players make the mistakes that cost them the trophy. Against Ryu, it's probably a good strategy, given Ryu's tendency to shoot herself in the foot at the end of events.
But So Yeon went out and beat Inbee by just outplaying her. Her 69 was the low score of the day I think. I love the fact that Inbee made her earn it, and earn it she did!
It looked bad at first. On the par-4 7th she hit her tee shot into some lava rocks and was forced to take an unplayable. She wound up with double bogey.
This is where So Yeon hit her drop from after the unplayable. Even that shot was nasty!
But she proceeded to to make three of four birdies starting on the 9th to claw her way back into contention and take the lead.
Inbee responded with a birdie on 16, and So Yeon slugged back with one on 17 to retake the lead. They both had birdie chances on 18, but neither converted, and So Yeon was the winner!
What's great about this win for Ryu is that it is one of the few times in recent memory she was really tested all throughout a final round and passed every test to win. If she can make a habit of this, watch out world!
Oh, South Korea also won the team event (duh!) Final margin: 15 strokes over Norway.
Congrats again to So Yeon Ryu on a great win, and to Inbee on a fantastic title defense. Nice job by Sharon to nab a top ten as well.
PS - an interesting comment by So Yeon after the event:
"It was good to play with Inbee, my best friend on the tour. She is not number one right now, but I believe she is the true number one, so it was great to compete with her.”"