It wasn't pretty, but a walk-off birdie preserved Ayako Uehara's 5-shot lead from the 1st round of the Yokohama PRGR Ladies Cup. Actually, the main reasons her 71 didn't hurt her were Yayoi Arasaki's bogey-bogey finish and Midori Yoneyama's inability to follow through on her front-side 32. Still, with the likes of Miho Koga, Sakura Yokomine, and Ji-Hee Lee within striking distance and high scores aplenty over the 1st 36 holes from most of the field, Uehara can't rest easy heading into Sunday's final round.
1st/-9 Ayako Uehara (64-71)
T2/-4 Midori Yoneyama (72-68), Ah-Reum Hwang (70-70)
T4/-3 Miho Koga (73-68), Yayoi Arasaki (69-72)
T6/-2 Sakura Yokomine (74-68), Mika Takushima (74-68), Ji-Hee Lee (71-71), Shinobu Moromizato (71-71), Kaori Aoyama (71-71)
Eun-A Lim and Akiko Fukushima made great comebacks today, but will still need to play well tomorrow to end the tournament under par.
T11/-1 Yuko Saitoh (73-70)
T13/E Mayu Hattori (74-70), Namika Omata (72-72), Mayumi Nakajima (72-72)
T16/+1 Eun-A Lim (76-69), Michiko Hattori (74-71), Rui Yokomine (74-71), Mi-Jeong Jeon (73-72), So-Hee Kim (73-72), Hyun-Ju Shin (72-73)
T22/+2 Yukari Baba (76-70), Yuko Mitsuka (74-72), Miki Saiki (74-72), Rui Kitada (74-72)
T28/+3 Mie Nakata (76-71), Nikki Campbell (76-71), Woo-Soon Ko (75-72), Saiki Fujita (74-73)
T38/+4 Akiko Fukushima (80-68), Hiroko Yamaguchi (78-70)
T45/+5 Ji-Woo Lee (77-72), Yuki Ichinose (75-74), Ritsuko Ryu (72-77)
Missing the cut were a host of established stars and young guns:
T55/+6 Akane Iijima (78-72), Erina Hara (77-73), Maiko Wakabayashi (77-73)
T62/+7 Chie Arimura (78-73), Hiromi Mogi (76-75), Esther Lee (75-76)
T70/+8 Yuri Fudoh (79-73), Rikako Morita (75-77)
T79/+9 Tamie Durdin (77-76), Yuki Sakurai (76-77)
T97/+12 Kumiko Kaneda (83-73), Sakurako Mori (79-77)
105th/+15 Kaori Higo (80-79)
Looks like Ai Miyazato and Momoko Ueda made the right call to rest before playing in Phoenix on the LPGA next week, rather than go through the pressure cookers of Shikoku and Mexico!