It wasn't that terrible a day for most of the Sisters. The only one in the top 20 who was over par was Six, and she shot a 72, hardly awful. But Buhai was on a ridiculous roll, making everything she looked at. Even when she did something really stupid on the final par 5, she got away with it and made birdie.
OK, game on. Let her sleep on the five-shot lead. She has never won any LPGA event before. I suspect we won't see another 64 from her tomorrow, and there is still an opening if one of the top Sisters can put together a great round. After all, we only have to recall Six at the Evian last year (or In Gee this year, or Henderson; all lost big leads). This ain't over, Sisters!!
In Gee had a couple minor mistakes, including an unfortunate bogey after a short par miss on 9, but in general she was fine. She hit most of her fairways, but her approaches were not that close. Her putting was mostly great, but she couldn't buy a break. If she plays the same way tomorrow, and some of those putts starts falling, watch out. Dumbo Hwaiting!
Inbee was a lot shakier. She looked downright sad on the back nine, rare for her. But even she was under par. If she can get her long game back Sunday, she is not out of it, either.
Sung Hyun Park with a 68, Hyo Joo a 70, both in the top ten. Hye Jin has been good the past few days, but she needs to beat Thitikul tomorrow and get a top five. If she wants ROY, she needs to make a statement.
A bummer that Six couldn't keep it going, she started well. Eun Hee had a tidy 68 and was on the leaderboard for a while, and congrats also to A Lim and Sei Young with rounds in the 60s to get into the top 20.
P.S. Beth Ann posted yesterday that it would be perfect if a great player like Inbee won the first time the ladies played Muirfield. I wonder if she would feel the same about a journeyman who never won before if Buhai gets the title? I'm sure she has spin for all eventualities...
In Gee Chun played a good round, except for a short missed putt she was solid.
It looked to me that Inbee Park was a little tired on the back nine. Unless it was by design she let go of her club several times.
I was hoping that Jeongeun Lee6 would have a good round after she got to five under. Because her swing looked really good. But the four bogey, one birdie finish mean she hasn't quite got her confidence back. She is getting close, so a really good Final round will give her a confidence boost.
A Lim Kim had five birdies and an eagle on a par four. However two bogeys and the dreaded big number triple bogey erased five of her birdies.
Not sure where So Yeon Ryu game is going. She had five birdies but four bogeys. She missed four greens so her short game must have been off.
She made it to The Archives during the Friday round of the 2009 Sybase:
I spent the morning on the front nine. H.J. Choi, Audra Burks, and Ashleigh Simon teed off at #1. I followed them half way down, then reversed direction to follow the group coming up the 2nd fairway: Birdie Kim, Kris Tschetter, and Janice Moodie. Tschetter had a small folding chair attached to her bag; I read she had a double hip replacement. She was walking okay, but you wouldn’t say she had a spring in her step.
... and everyone else mentioned is dust.
In other news, MHL is T-3 thru 27 holes, four shots off the lead in French Lick, IN (they've been battling weather delays and darkness). Considering only half the names in the top-10 are known to me (Then, Strom, Darquea, Yoktuan, Gina Kim), she should not lose to "these people".
GULLANE, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 06: A detailed view of the golf ball of Hinako Shibuno of Japan during Day Three of the AIG Women's Open at Muirfield on August 06, 2022 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)
Post by legitimategolf on Aug 7, 2022 20:33:59 GMT
At the very least she could've used that time to refuel. I don't like to monday quarterback but in this case she really did not appear to conduct business like a seasoned professional golfer. Really looked like she went into the clubhouse, plopped down and stared at a TV until it was time to tee off again. On the plus side the TV got multiple shots of Minjee hanging around post-round with hair down which was great for me. Anyways back to In Gee, she looked so cold and hungry out there. She obviously is a high metabolism person, burning a lot of calories even doing nothing. Look at Tiger, every single one of those major victories was fueled by lots of peanut butter sandwiches. I don't recall seeing In Gee take in a single calorie today. Disappointed but not really gutted here, she had multiple chances to grab this victory. Probably for the better anyways. The hoopla from back to back majors would have caused her great stress I'm sure.