Akane Iijima hung in there during the second round of the Kosaido Ladies Golf Cup in what must have been some truly nasty conditions. Her 73 was actually one of the best rounds of the day, as 19 players failed to break 80 and well over half the field shot 75 or worse. But even though most of her closest competitors fell even further behind her, there's one player who still could stand between Iijima and her first win of the season: Mayumi Nakajima shot the 2nd-best round of the day, a 70, to climb to -7, closing the gap from 5 to 2 shots.
Barring a collapse by both players Sunday, nobody else should have a chance to contend. Here's why:
1st/-9 Iijima (62-73)
2nd/-7 Nakajima (67-70)
3rd/-2 Esther Lee (67-75)
4th/-1 Erina Hara (68-75)
T5/E Yui Kawahara (73-71), Midori Yoneyama (72-72), Hiroko Yamaguchi (70-74), and 4 others
T11/+1 Miho Koga (72-73), Ritsuko Ryu (70-75), Hyun-Ju Shin (69-76)
T19/+2 Mi-Jeong Jeon (73-73), Na Zhang (72-74), Mie Nakata (71-75), Maiko Wakabayashi (68-78)
T28/+3 Yuri Fudoh (73-74), Shinobu Moromizato (71-76), Akiko Fukushima (70-77)
After her record-tying first round, Iijima has to hope that she fares better than Koga, who failed to win a couple of months ago after opening with a 63.