Saturday, June 6, 2009

Resort Trust Ladies Saturday: Jeon Makes a Big Move to Defend Her Title

On a day when only 11 players broke par at the Resort Trust Ladies, Mi-Jeong Jeon seized control of the tournament with a sizzling 65 to take a 4-shot lead on Akiko Fukushima (who again finished weakly, going bogey-double bogey-par over her last 3 holes) and Li-Ying Ye into the final round. Sakura Yokomine uncharacteristically blew up with a 77 (thanks to a 10 on a par 5 on the back!) that dropped her back into a tie for 28th place, 11 shots off Jeon's pace. Yuko Mitsuka is the only other player within 5 shots of Jeon, but her 73 today was not what she needed--although without those 3 closing birdies it would have been much worse, on the order of the 76 Chie Arimura shot, for instance. Looks like the Mostly Harmless jinx is waiting to strike Mitsuka tomorrow! On the other hand, Jeon has been snakebit since her last win the middle of last season, with 4 heartbreaking runner-ups, so don't be counting any chickens for her just yet.

Here are the top 10 and notables:

1st/-7 Mi-Jeong Jeon (72-65)
T2/-3 Akiko Fukushima (71-70), Li-Ying Ye (71-70)
4th/-2 Yuko Mitsuka (69-73)
T5/-1 Shinobu Moromizato (71-72), Maiko Wakabayashi (71-72), Yukari Baba (71-72)
T8/E Miki Saiki (76-68), Rui Kitada (74-70)
T10/+1 Nikki Campbell (77-68), Mayu Hattori (76-69), Kuniko Maeda (76-69), Rikako Morita (74-71), Yuri Fudoh (73-72), So-Hee Kim (73-72)

T16/+2 Erina Hara (73-73), Bo-Bae Song (72-74), Chie Arimura (70-76)
T21/+3 Na Zhang (74-73), Sakurako Mori (74-73), Mie Nakata (73-74)
T28/+4 Miho Koga (76-72), Tamie Durdin (73-75), Yun-Jye Wei (72-76), Sakura Yokomine (71-77)
T38/+5 Julie Lu (76-73), Mai Arai (76-73), Hiromi Mogi (75-74), Midori Yoneyama (74-75)
T45/+6 Da-Ye Na (76-74)

The cut line ended up at +7, with 4 players just on the right side of it and 6 on the wrong side. The notables who missed the cut, though, didn't even come close:

T62/+10 Hyun-Ju Shin (76-78), Yuki Sakurai (76-78)
T74/+13 Ah-Reum Hwang (82-75)
T86/+17 Yuki Ichinose (80-81)
T93/+21 Riko Higashio (86-78)
WD Hiroko Yamaguchi (76-WD), Woo-Soon Ko (79-WD)

[Update 1 (5:21 pm): Happy Fan has all the details on what's shaping up to be a great Sunday showdown on the KLPGA.]

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