The qualications for the event are: Top 5 in Rolex rankings, the next 26 in the LPGA money list at the conclusion of the Blue Bay LPGA event (27 OCT) and 5 sponsor exemptions, which ended up being Gulbis, Inkster, Llaneza, Lopez and Ramos. That is the field of 36. Some players who qualified, such as Chella Choi, Karrie Webb, etc, opted not to play so it ended up being around top 40 (I think it was either 42 or 43) in the money list on 27 OCT that accepted. The 27 OCT date explains why Kim and Vedel got in ahead of Uribe, as Uribe just moved ahead of the others with a 9th and 11th place finishes in the last two events. IK was not high enough on the money list. You will have to call BANAMEX to ask why they chose Gulbis and Inkster for sponser exemptions ahead of her.
My source said that though Lorena only played in the pro-am and she says she's rusty...her ball striking was better than some other pros. I'm sure the same could be said about Annika when she ventures to the annual event she normally participates at Pebble Beach.
Nice opening round for Inbee and So Yeon. They didn't show Ryu at all so I can't say, but Inbee's putter is looking good. Even so, she hit a lot of approaches close but didn't cash in (it was a weird broadcast; they were promoting this Lewis-Park rivalry, but only showed the occasional shot by Inbee while showing every shot by Lewis and Ko. So, Inbee would hit it to 10 feet and we'd have to wait til the next hole to find out if she actually made the putt).
I'm hoping with that good putter mojo she has that, once she gets a little more acclimated to this course, those putts are going to drop like crazy.
Round 2 was about the same for Inbee and So Yeon. From what little I saw, it seemed like Inbee's putter was not quite as sharp as usual. She also had a few bad breaks, like on 17, where she hit a great approach to the par 5 and it rocketed all the way to the back of the green. She did not make eagle or birdie. She still is close enough to be a factor, though, so I hope she can rally on the weekend.
Meanwhile, So Yeon had some impressive stuff today; great eagle on 17 after hitting her approach to about seven feet, and long bomb for birdie a few holes before that. Alas, she three putted on 18 and had 32 putts today. If she can just sink more putts! She's certainly hitting the greens, and she's decently long, too.
No offense to the ladies at the top, but if I'm Ryu or Inbee, I am silently thrilled that the leaders I'm chasing are Paula Creamer and Christina Kim. Neither have shown (lately) a habit of taking a lead and running away from the field. A little bit of pressure and these two may start giving away some shots.
Kim, though, has played lights out this tournament. It's like she's a completely different person. Also, watch for Lydia, who just sort of hanging around right now. Lydia seems to love Sundays (most of the time).
If Xtina could snag a win here it would give her something to look forward to in the off season. Heck, the way it's been going for her this year even a top 5 would instill much needed confidence, not to mention pad the pocketbook a bit to help cover travel expense. Even though this is indeed a limited field it is in no way lacking in talent so a win would be big for her.
Christina has been playing every round likes it's Sunday so far. Let's see if she can deliver on Sunday itself. I saw today's broadcast and her putting was amazing especially since the rest of the field were having nightmares on the greens. By the way, Christina is in the same rookie class as Lorena.