Friday, October 3, 2008

Samsung Thursday: Shin and Ahn Leading Their Respective Samsung Events

Hound Dog breaks down the Samsung World Championship in northern California down for us, while Eric at Seoul hits the highlights for the Samsung Finance Ladies Championship across the Pacific. Not all that surprisingly for those who have been following their careers and recent play, Ji-Yai Shin (67) and Sun-Ju Ahn (65-69) have taken the lead at each event, the LPGA's and KLPGA's, respectively.

While Ahn is benefitting so far from poor performances by her top competition--3-time winners Hee Kyung Seo and Ha Neul Kim and rookie sensations So Yeon Ryu and He Yong Choi, in particular--and has jumped out to a 3-shot lead with 1 round left to play, Shin has 54 holes to play keep-away with the LPGA's top players (Ochoa, Sorenstam, and Creamer) and top rookies (Tseng and Choi). But at least she's got a bit of a cushion on the LPGA's hottest players: Kerr's 1st par didn't come until the 9th hole and then she followed up that 35 with a 38 on the back to fall 6 off the pace, while Angela Park absolutely blew up with a 35-41 performance that included 2 double bogeys in 3 holes on the back. And she's got a 6-shot lead on the woman who came in 2nd last year to her on the KLPGA money list, Eun-Hee Ji. Even the brief fog delay seemed to be on Shin's side!

But 54 holes is a long way to go....

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