Unfortunately for Choi, the 2 hottest players on the LPGA are hot on her trail. But Ji-Yai Shin is doing it with smoke and mirrors this week. Somehow she shot a 68 averaging about 240 yards off the tee and hitting a grand total of 7 greens on the day. Still, unlike Lorena Ochoa, who's also been having trouble hitting Torrey's greens and blew up with a 39 on the back to fall back to -8 overall, Shin held it together with birdies on 15 and 16 to offset bogeys on the 11th and 12th and get back to -13. By contrast, Ai Miyazato's ballstriking has been as solid as ever and her scoring has reflected that. Each day, she's shot a 68 with 5 birdies and 1 bogey. With 43 greens in regulation thus far, she's averaging just over 14 GIR per round, so she's really giving herself a lot of birdie chances and making key putts. But she's still taken 7 more putts than Choi and a whopping 15 more than Shin!
In a word, the last 3 Sunday pairings are awesome:
Start Time: 10:30 AM
Ya Ni Tseng
Start Time: 10:40 AM
Start Time: 10:50 AM
Na Yeon Choi
70s by Tseng and Creamer today got them into pairings with players with very similar games to theirs. First off are the freewheeling big hitters who can make birdies in bunches but who haven't been playing up to their potential lately. Then 2 pairs of precision players, with 1 partner in each pair averaging over 250 off the tee (Miyazato and Choi) and the other averaging over 240 (Creamer and Shin). While I go to Seoul Sisters.com to see how many times Shin and Choi played together in the final round on the KLPGA, you can check out LPGA.com's notes and interviews page for more on NYC's fantastic round and a taste of what trash talk from the Final Round Queen sounds like.
[Update 1 (7:33 pm): Speaking of the KLPGA, Hee Kyung Seo went 66-67-67 in their 2nd major of the season but lost by 2 strokes to Jung Eun Lee, ending her Grand Slam hopes this season. I've posted my question on the Samsung discussion thread.]