Saturday, August 29, 2009

Yonex Ladies Friday and Saturday: Can Mi-Jeong Jeon Win Big Again?

Only a walkoff bogey prevented Mi-Jeong Jeon from taking a 5-shot lead into the final round of the Yonex Ladies. Her 65 today was not only the low round of the tournament, but it also lifted her to -11. Miho Koga broke 70 in both of her rounds, as well, but trails by 4 after a bogey on the 17th forced her to settle for a 68 today. Shinobu Moromizato, who was tied for the lead at -5 after Friday's round, had to come back with 3 birdies in her last 10 holes just to shoot a 71 and remain tied for 3rd. Sakura Yokomine has definitely cooled off--she's out of contention, 9 back. But Mayu Hattori seems to be getting her game back, as a 67 today lifted her into a tie for 3rd.

Here's a quick run-down of where the notables stand heading into the final round.

1st/-11 Mi-Jeong Jeon (68-65)
2nd/-7 Miho Koga (69-68)
T3/-6 Mayu Hattori (71-67), Yukari Baba (70-68), Shinobu Moromizato (67-71), and 4 others
T10/-5 Bo-Bae Song (68-71), Na-Ri Kim (67-72)

T12/-4 Saiki Fujita (70-70), Sakurako Mori (69-71)
T17/-3 Miki Saiki (69-72)
T22/-2 Yuri Fudoh (71-71), Chie Arimura (71-71), Sakura Yokomine (70-72), Hiromi Mogi (70-72), Ji-Hee Lee (69-73), So-Hee Kim (69-73)
T34/-1 Midori Yoneyama (73-70), Woo-Soon Ko (72-71), Mie Nakata (69-74)
T44/E Rikako Morita (73-71), Li-Ying Ye (73-71), Kumiko Kaneda (69-75)

Hyun-Ju Shin went from being in contention to missing the cut, but she wasn't alone, as a lot of young guns were firing blanks this week.

T53/+1 Akane Iijima (72-73), Julie Lu (72-73), Rui Kitada (70-75), Hyun-Ju Shin (67-78)
T63/+2 Ah-Reum Hwang (71-75)
T71/+3 Maiko Wakabayashi (74-73)
T78/+4 Yuki Ichinose (76-72)
T87/+5 Erina Hara (78-71)
T92/+6 Mai Arai (75-75)
T100/+8 Esther Lee (70-82)
T105/+12 Da-Ye Na (71-85)
WD Yuko Saitoh (72-WD), Yun-Jye Wei (76-WD)

Back to the top of the leaderboard, Jeon has a history of losing close ones but also of winning in dominating fashion. Wonder which trend will continue tomorrow!

1 comment:

Brian said...

It sure is exciting to see good golf being played by the juniors. The game will be left in good hands when they come of age.

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