Saturday, October 25, 2008

Grand China Air Saturday: Karen Stupples Leapfrogs Diaz

Hound Dog and have the 2nd round of the Grand China Air LPGA event this week covered; just as on the JLPGA, the 1st-round leader stalled and a hot player passed her. This time it was Karen Stupples who overcame 3 bogeys and 2 rain delays on her way to her 2nd straight 67. When Laura Diaz bogeyed 4 of her last 5 holes, Stupples got herself a 2-shot lead heading into the final round.

But with 14 players within 5 shots of the lead--including Ya Ni Tseng, who tied Stupples for the low round of the day despite making her 2nd double bogey of the tournament today--the lead moms will need their A-games tomorrow to stay ahead of a tough chase pack. Only 3 players--Stupples, Louise Friberg, and Candie Kung--have broken 70 twice on a course that Suzann Pettersen thought would give up a lot of low scores. True, 16 players broke 70 today, but I was disappointed that Seon Hwa Lee (73), Jane Park (70), Song-Hee Kim (71), Shanshan Feng (73), Mi Hyun Kim (70), Hee-Won Han (71), Eun-Hee Ji (71), In-Kyung Kim (75), Stacy Prammanasudh (73), and Morgan Pressel (73) were not among them. Hopefully conditions will be kinder tomorrow and allow for a nice closing shoot-out!

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