Saturday, October 11, 2008

Sankyo Ladies Open Saturday: Chase Pack Drawing Closer to Mogi

1st-round leader Hiromi Mogi birdied 3 of her last 4 holes today at the Sankyo Ladies Open, but, thanks to a double bogey on the 383-yard par-4 17th, could only manage a 71 that brought her to -6 for the tournament. By contrast, a bogey-free 33 on the back drew Shinobu Moromizato within 1 shot of Mogi heading into tomorrow's final round. And only a late bogey kept Maiko Wakabayashi from joining Moromizato. But this is anything but a 3-player race to the finish: there are 24 golfers within 5 shots of the leader, including such dangerous players as Sakura Yokomine (-1, T15), Miho Koga and Shiho Oyama (-2, T8), and Ji-Hee Lee and Miki Saiki (-3, T4).

Here are the top 10 and notables:

1st/-6 Mogi (67-71)
2nd/-5 Moromizato (69-70)
3rd/-4 Wakabayashi (70-70)
T4/-3 Lee (73-68), Saiki (71-70), Mie Nakata (69-72)
T8/-2 Oyama (73-69), Koga (72-70), Yui Kawahara (72-70), Yukiyo Haga (72-70), Yukari Baba (71-71), Mihoko Takahashi (70-71), Eun-A Lim (69-73)

T15/-1 Rui Kitada (75-68), Nikki Campbell (74-69), Yokomine (73-70)
T26/E Erina Hara (75-69), Akane Iijima (73-71), Midori Yoneyama (73-71), Mayu Hattori(73-71), Yuki Ichinose (73-71)
T38/+1 Yun-Jye Wei (76-69), Mi-Jeong Jeon (73-72), Ayako Uehara (73-72), Bo-Bae Song (70-75)
T45/+2 Ji-Woo Lee (72-74), Hiroko Yamaguchi (71-75)

T59/+4 Esther Lee (77-71)
T65/+5 Mai Arai (73-76)
T81/+8 Rui Yokomine (79-73)
T91/+12 Ritsuko Ryu (78-78)
T102/+17 Chie Arimura (79-82)

Will this be a battle of attrition tomorrow or a shootout? I wonder how many players will be able to break 70 twice this week....

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