Actually, there are several big cats away from the CAT Ladies JLPGA event this week--most notably, 2008 money-list leader Akiko Fukushima and career money-list leader Yuri Fudoh. That doesn't mean that 1st-round leader Yuko Mitsuka is a mouse--she only has the 2nd-lowest winning score on the JLPGA this season, -16 at the Nichirei PGM Ladies to Erina Hara's -21 last week. What mouse could make as many eagles as bogeys (2) on its way to a 65? Mitsuka is #8 on the JLPGA money list, but #3 Mi-Jeong Jeon and #4 Miho Koga are looking for their 3rd and 2nd wins of the season, respectively, and they're only 2 back. If they're mice, they're definitely roaring this week. As is Ji-Woo Lee, who's been showing signs of wanting to morph into a cat the last month or so. They're certainly happy that Mitsuka's bogeys came on the 17th and 18th--otherwise, her lead would be almost insurmountable. Imagine how happy big cats like Momoko Ueda and Sakura Yokomine are to be only 5 and 6 back, respectively.
Let's take a look at the top 10 and notables to see who else is roaring, and why.
1st/-7 Mitsuka (66)
2nd/-5 Lee (68)
T3/-4 Jeon, Koga, Mie Nakata (69)
T6/-3 Hiroko Yamaguchi, Tomoko Kusakabe, Yoko Inoue, Kaori Aoyama (70)
T10/-2 Yokomine, Akane Iijima, Midori Yoneyama, and 4 others (71)
T17/-1 Ueda, Hyun-Ju Shin, Chie Arimura, Kaori Higo, Mayu Hattori (72)
T30/E Ji-Hee Lee, Hara, Ayako Uehara, Miki Saiki, Esther Lee, Maiko Wakabayashi, Yuki Ichinose (73)
T45/+1 Eun-A Lim (74)
T62/+2 Hiromi Mogi (75)
T65/+3 Bo-Bae Song, Yun-Jye Wei, Michiko Hattori, Ritsuko Ryu (76)
T82/+5 Na Zhang, Yukari Baba (78)
There were a lot of eagles out there today (including 1 by Yokomine) but only 1 bogey-free round (Inoue's), so there's likely to be plenty of volatility on the leaderboard this weekend. With Shiho Oyama and Shinobu Moromizato also sitting this one out, the cat-and-mouse games will be even more intense among those with a chance to win this thing on Sunday!