Saturday, November 15, 2008

Ito-En Ladies Saturday: Oyama Opens the Door

1st-round leader Shiho Oyama followed up her 64 with a 72 today in the Ito-En Ladies JLPGA event in Chiba, opening the door for a host of players. Leading the way were Ji-Hee Lee and Miho Koga, who joined her at -8 with a 67 and a 66, respectively. But there are 14 players within 2 shots of the co-leaders heading into the final round. And when you take a look at the top 10 and notables, you'll agree that this is anyone's tournament heading into the final round.

T1/-8 Koga (70-66), Lee (69-67), Oyama (64-72)
T4/-7 Rui Kitada (73-64), Ai Miyazato (70-67), Yuri Fudoh (69-68), Tomoko Kusakabe (69-68), Sakura Yokomine (68-69), Mayu Hattori (66-71)
T10/-6 Yuki Ichinose (72-66), Yun-Jye Wei (70-68), Yuki Sakurai (70-68), Akiko Fukishima (69-69), Bo-Bae Song (69-69), So-Hee Kim (69-69), Momoko Ueda (68-70), Erina Hara (68-70)

T18/-5 Hiroko Yamaguchi (71-68), Mie Nakata (70-69)
T20/-4 Yuko Mitsuka (72-68), Ayako Uehara (70-70), Kaori Higo (69-71), Maiko Wakabayashi (68-72)
T25/-3 Midori Yoneyama (75-66), Chie Arimura (72-69), Akane Iijima (72-69), Miki Saiki (72-69), Eun-A Lim (71-70), Nikki Campbell (69-72),
T33/-2 Ji-Woo Lee (70-72)
T38/-1 Mi-Jeong Jeon (74-69), Esther Lee (73-70), Tamie Durdin (73-70), Yukari Baba (72-71)
T46/E Hiromi Mogi (73-71)

Missing the cut can't feel good for these players when 18-year-old Sakurako Mori made it on the dot:

T51/+1 Saiki Fujita (74-71)
94th/+9 Ritsuko Ryu (83-70)

With 32 players within 5 shots of the lead, anything can happen tomorrow. Should be an incredible finish!

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