Jenny Shin has yet to make a bogey; could this finally be the week she grabs her first tournament? But the players I'm focusing on most are Ha Neul Kim and Sun Ju Ahn, just one and two shots back. Those three are the final group on Sunday. I love both of those ladies, but I'm especially pulling for Sky to get the LPGA card that cruel fate denied her a shot at a couple of years ago. And she isn't as wed to being on the JLPGA as two time top player Ahn is. GO SKY!!
Don't count out the players four or even five shots back, this course can yield low numbers. I'm especially keeping my eye on Jiyai Shin four back at 9 under, and Hyo Joo Kim at 8 under. Kim has played well both days but is still five back.
(I'm assuming these photos are all from today's action; apologies if I'm wrong!)
...but MHL outscored Watanabe and Old Mike is still employed.
Classic how these LPGA pros treat the journeymen loops like trash and they'll go running back to them....lol. I guess MHL realizes that tenured Old Mike knows how to act like a SLAVE to "show up, keep up and shut up"...what really does a 20 something gal and a 69 year old guy have in common?
I just sense that MHL seems moody and high maintenance....she certainly doesn't have the personality of HYP, SYR or Sky.
Probably not that popular to say this here but I gotta root against the Seoul Sisters at the top...well, maybe "against" is the wrong way to say it...but I've brought this up before...I am figuratively dying for one official Thai win on tour so I have to go with Waen...sure, there are good stories surrounding the Sisters at the top but it would be another win in a seemingly endless parade of Korean winners...normally, I'd be on board for that...not this time...I fear Waen will fade in the final round...not out of disbelief so much as the fact that I've never seen a Thai win before...in fact what I've seen is a soul crushing collapse on the verge of victory by Ariya...so until I see it actually happen it won't seem realistic...
I believe she has never given a shot to try to get to the big league. Let's see what she will do this time.
Not true. She did enter LPGA Q-School in 2008, but was forced out due to an injury (in fact, she won her sectional that year, beating Michelle Wie AND Stacy Lewis). Then the Bivens crash happened, and the following year, she decided it would be a better move financially to go play in Japan. She made it through Japan's Q-School in 2009, and in 2010, she won her very first event on tour, beating Jiyai Shin and Inbee Park among others. During her rookie season, she had a stretch of ten straight top fives (including three wins), and became the first Korean to ever lead the JLPGA money list. She has never looked back.
Given her success in Japan, I'm not positive she will take the card; she is a 19-time winner on the JLPGA, and probably has a lot of incentive to stay. But I know Ji Hee Lee wouldn't have taken it. She is a lifer in Japan.
It was a great week for Jiyai Shin even though she didn't win it, and Hyo Joo managed to rally for a top ten. Ha Neul only shot a 72, but she really did have a great first two days, so all in all, it was still a quality performance for her.
But I am thrilled that Sun Ju Ahn got her tour card! If it couldn't be Ha Neul or Jiyai, she would have been my next choice. If she comes over, I look forward to seeing what she can do against In Gee all year!
PS - the Korean press is saying that Sei Young Kim has clinched Rookie of the Year. With two events to go? Congrats to her if true!