Sunday, June 29, 2008

U.S. Women's Open Sunday: Will the Wind Blow the Low Scoring Away?

The first pairings are off at the U.S. Women's Open and already they're facing very different weather conditions than in the previous 3 rounds, with winds already at 11 mph. The Weather Channel is forecasting gusty NNW winds in the 20-30 mph range, with a high of 79 and a mix of sun and clouds. Now we'll see Interlachen with its teeth bared. Whoever adjusts best wins. Game on!

[Update 1 (6:02 pm): Well, well, well, I get the family in for free at a minor league baseball game in Buffalo early this afternoon, head home early after a rain delay sapped the girls' patience, and what do I find out upon my return? Thanks to the USGA blog, I was able to lend some details to the tale of the scorecards--early collapses by Lewis, Creamer, and Alfredsson, no big runs by anyone close to the lead pack, and only Inbee Park hanging tough on the front and building a commanding lead on the back. Here's what I wrote about Park earlier this week, in the wake of Eun-Hee Ji's win over her and Pettersen down the stretch at the Wegmans, on a Seoul Sisters discussion board:

Although I mainly focused on Ai Miyazato in my Saturday on-course report, I was impressed by Inbee's ballstriking, clutch putting, and course management (especially her attempted approach on the par-5 17th after pitching out from the trees on her 2nd)--particularly after a long rain delay.

This was Ji's weekend--and what a win it was!--but even though Park played more like Pettersen down the stretch, her 1st win is not so very far away. If she keeps up this pace, she could pass Angela Park on the career money list by the end of the season! (For that matter, so could Ji, with many fewer events under her belt)....

Next Super Sophs ranking is post-Open--should be very interesting....

Why oh why can't I take my own advice?]

[Update 2 (6/30/08, 9:57 am): Nice job by Jason Sobel in his Weekly 18. Much more interesting than Steve Elling bemoaning the All-American Sunday collapse.]

[Update 3 (8:04 pm): While I'm giving credit, Ron Sirak deserves quite a bit for putting Park's win in perspective.]

[Update 4 (/2/08, 2:09 am): Daniel Wexler asks an interesting question about what Park's win signifies.]


spyder said...

Inbee Park, as both Lewis and Creamer shoot +5 in the conditions, carrying on with her consistent play, shot a -2 and came in at -9 four shots ahead of Alfredsson. Angela Park, K Kim and Lewis finish T-3 at -4 for the tournament. Inbee becomes the one player to play all four rounds under par, a seeming necessity to win.

spyder said...

You did make this comment:
Then there were 4! Paula Creamer (69, -8), Helen Alfredsson (71, -7), Inbee Park (71, -7), and Mi Hyun Kim (70, -5) were the only ones among the 11 who had a chance to actually keep the under-par-each-round streak going.

And really, was it really all that predictable that Inbee would be the one to do it, given Creamer and Alfredsson???