Couldn't one of my three favorites make one more birdie or one less bogey. Muni Hee started the round plus four, made one bogey four birdies.(+1) Yui Kawamoto just needed to par the last hole. (+1) Gabriela Ruffels made bogey on the last four holes on her front nine. Made three birdies and one bogey back nine. (+1)
In Gee didn't join the plus one group, she was plus two.
So I guess they will pack up and think about missing the cut. Or they may get in some needed practice before they leave.
Pretty weird day. Some of my faves just didn't bring it. In Gee had another mediocre day and it cost her a weekend spot. Hopefully she goes back to her Western home base, works out a few kinks, and can continue her great play of the past month and a half next time. I think the wet weather just took too much distance out of her this week...
Mirim also was not getting it done, but at least she made the cut. It would have been weird for her to miss the cut on both sides of her Major win. Inbee did OK, same as yesterday, but 4 under is too far back to win this.
On the other hand, some lesser known Sisters had great days. I did not see Lee 5 shooting a 67, Mi Hyang making the cut with multiple straight birdies, or Ilhee Lee shooting a 69, Chella a 68, or Jennifer Song a 67. Makes In Gee's 74 even more frustrating.
The big noise was in the morning, with Amy Yang shooting a 66 to get into the final group tomorrow. She's still three back, and Hannah Green is also up there looking for the repeat. Amy has never won in the States in her career; could this be the day? More inspiring is the fact that she is great friends with Mirim, so perhaps last week will inspire Amy to her own breakthrough?
Then there's Yealimi, who once again is in the hunt, four back. Will she be able to make up for her lackluster finish last year and steal this one back from Green? Hope we see something great from her.
I don't know why I'm surprised. This is as close to a hometown event as I have, and amazingly, the last time a Sister won it was 2009. And I wasn't at that event; the last time I actually attended and a Sister won was 2006, when Hee Won Han claimed the title. For whatever reason, the Koreans just haven't been able to get the job done here.
They've come close: I still recall the frustration of In Gee roaring back against Lewis in 2017 (?) only to come up on shot short. Or Ernst winning when there were *four* Sisters (IIRC) right there. So Yeon dropped her approach on 18 into the water; Inky lost in a playoff. It's been like that in Portland.
There were two possible great storylines here. One would have been Amy FINALLY getting a win in the States. She was right there, but she hit a terrible tee shot on 13, had a couple of lip outs, and that was that. Seriously, it wouldn't have taken much for her to be in that playoff. This was a real missed chance.
The other was Yealimi Noh coming back to the site of her greatest near miss and getting the job done. She hung in there tenaciously, then, when she dunked the birdie on 17, it was within her grasp. All she needed was par on 18. Granted, 18 is not easy, but if she just put her drive in the fairway, she probably had it. But of course she missed the fairway and was not able to get the par.
Inbee had two OK rounds and a great one on Sunday. It got her a top five, but man, if she had just managed a slightly better day one or day two, she could have had this one, too. This is one of the few long term events she has never won. It would be great to see her hoist that trophy finally.
So, all in all a disappointing week, but Inbee and Yealimi, at least, should be leaving feeling pretty good about things (Noh didn't win, but it was still her best finish of her rookie season, and she earned a spot in the US Women's Open to boot!). Sisters hwaiting!!!