Yesterday I got enthusiastic about the chance that the #1 and #2 career money winners in JLPGA history would have a Sunday showdown in the Meiji Chocolate Cup while the best players of the last couple of years were trying their best to survive Oakmont. Well, Billion-Yen Woman Yuri Fudoh held up her end of the deal, firing a bogey-free 67 to climb to -8. But yesterday's leader Akiko Fukushima had a bad day and fell 5 shots behind her. There are a good number of players between them, but I'm not sure if any among them has the game, experience, or attitude to chase Fudoh down tomorrow. It would be a big deal if anyone did, as it would be if Ji-Hee Lee or Ayako Uehara or Fukushima herself were to get in the mix.
1st/-8 Yuri Fudoh (69-67)
T2/-7 Ji-Woo Lee (68-69), Yui Kawahara (68-69)
4th/-6 Yuki Ichinose (70-68)
T5/-4 Mayumi Shimomura (71-69), Hiromi Takesue (70-70), Yukari Baba (68-72)
T8/-3 Tomoko Yokoyama (72-69), Ji-Hee Lee (71-70), Ayako Uehara (71-70), Mie Nakata (71-70), Saiki Fujita (71-70), Ritsuko Ryu (70-71), Hiromi Mogi (69-72), Eun-A Lim (67-74), Akiko Fukushima (66-75)
T17/-2 Na-Ri Lee (72-70), Rui Kitada (69-73), Ah-Reum Hwang (69-73)
T21/-1 Miho Koga (72-71), Maiko Wakabayashi (70-73), Erina Hara (69-74)
T29/E Miki Saiki (74-70), Nikki Campbell (73-71), Bo-Bae Song (72-72), Li-Ying Ye (72-72), Mayu Hattori (71-73)
T35/+1 Esther Lee (73-72), Akane Iijima (72-73), Asako Fujimoto (71-74)
T40/+2 Na-Ri Kim (73-73), Hyun-Ju Shin (71-75)
T49/+3 Jae-Hee Bae (73-74), Rikako Morita (69-78)
MC: So-Hee Kim (73-75), Kaori Aoyama (73-77), Young Kim (75-76), Yun-Jye Wei (72-79)
Will Yuri Fudoh become the 2nd repeat winner on the JLPGA in 2010? Stay tuned!