What surprises me even more is that none of these players are the big hitters I expected would dominate this week, given Kingsmill's wetness. Where is Ya Ni Tseng? T13 at -6. Where is Michelle Wie? T28 at -3. How about Suzann Pettersen? T39 at -1. Karrie Webb? Ditto. Vicky Hurst? T51 at +1. Only Angela Stanford among this group is doing at all well this week, and she's only T10 at -7. So it stands to reason that the precision players I picked--Ji-Yai Shin (T51 at +1 after a 76 yesterday) and Katherine Hull (also T51 at +1)--are having off-weeks.
So you heard it here 1st: neither Lorena Ochoa nor Cristie Kerr can win the Michelob Ultra. The winner has to come from someone I didn't pick this week. But don't expect me to name any names!
[Update 1 (7:18 am): Sweet! They're literally going off in pairings for the final round! Betcha Hull and Shin weren't anticipating playing together so early (8:18 am). Sophie Giquel and Anja Monke can commiserate together about how tough the LPGA competition is at 7:54 am. Mika Miyazato has a chance to upstage Vicky Hurst at 8:26 am. Karrie Webb and Brittany Lincicome can compare notes on inconsistency at 9:50 am. Minea Blomqvist and Tseng can drive the ball all over the River Course and make a ton of birdies at 11:22 am. Angela Stanford and Shanshan Feng can show them how to drive the ball at 11:50 am. And that's just some of the more interesting warm-up acts for the final pairings:
Start Time: 11:58 AM
Na Yeon Choi
Il Mi Chung
Start Time: 12:06 PM
Start Time: 12:14 PM
Start Time: 12:22 PM
Start Time: 12:30 PM
It's enough to make me wish I had TV!]