Having 2 of the JLPGA's biggest names winning the last 2 weeks seems to have woken up Mi-Jeong Jeon. Treading water at 15th on the money list heading into this week's Yonex Ladies, Jeon was the only player to break 70 in the opening round--and her 68 would have been better if she hadn't bogeyed 2 short par 4s on the back. When she couldn't birdie the short par-5 18th, she allowed Shinobu Moromizato (who's also gotten off to a slow start this season) to pull within 2 with a walkoff birdie. And those big-name winners I alluded to--Sakura Yokomine and Yuri Fudoh--are only 3 back, this despite the former opening with a pair of bogeys and the latter closing with 3 bogeys in her last 7 holes. Further back in the pack are LPGA regulars Momoko Ueda (73) and Mika Miyazato (72), while Ji-Yai Shin didn't start, due to illness (according to Tim Maitland).
Here's how the top 10 and notables stand:
1st/-4 Mi-Jeong Jeon (68)
2nd/-2 Shinobu Moromizato (70)
T3/-1 Sakura Yokomine, Yuri Fudoh, Ayako Uehara, Miki Saiki, Yuki Ichinose, Na-Ri Lee (71)
T9/E Mika Miyazato, Asako Fujimoto, Young Kim, So-Hee Kim, Junko Omote, Hiromi Takesue, Orie Fujino, Kaori Ohe, Tomoko Kanai (72)
T18/+1 Momoko Ueda, Miho Koga, Hyun-Ju Shin, Akane Iijima, Rui Kitada, Mayu Hattori, Hiromi Mogi, Yukari Baba, Eun-A Lim (73)
T31/+2 Kaori Aoyama, Na-Ri Kim, Ah-Reum Hwang, Li-Ying Ye, Yuko Saitoh (74)
T43/+3 Rikako Morita, Ji-Woo Lee, Ritsuko Ryu (75)
T51/+4 Nikki Campbell, Maiko Wakabayashi, Esther Lee (76)
T63/+5 Chie Arimura, Akiko Fukushima, Erina Hara, Mie Nakata (77)
DNS: Ji-Yai Shin, Jae-Hee Bae
Some really big names will need to play well in round 2 to make it to the final round!