Despite making a double bogey on the long par-4 5th hole at the Miyagi TV Cup Dunlop Ladies Open, veteran Yoko Inoue ended up with a 68 that was good enough for a 1-shot lead over Momoko Ueda and Li-Ying Ye. With visitors Ya Ni Tseng, Inbee Park, and Mika Miyazato opening with even-par 72s, defending champion Chie Arimura settling for a 73, and world #2 Ji-Yai Shin and JLPGA top gun Sakura Yokomine stumbling to 75s, Ueda has a great opportunity to turn her 2010 around.
Here are the leaders and notables heading into the weekend:
1st/-4 Yoko Inoue (68)
T2/-3 Momoko Ueda, Li-Ying Ye (69)
T4/-2 Rui Kitada, Maiko Wakabayashi, Eun-A Lim, Chiharu Tsunekawa (70)
T8/-1 Akane Iijima, Shiho Oyama, Na-Ri Lee (71)
T11/E Ya Ni Tseng, Inbee Park, Shinobu Moromizato, Ji-Hee Lee, Mika Miyazato, Mayu Hattori, Miki Saiki (72)
T22/+1 Chie Arimura, Teresa Lu, Mie Nakata, Asako Fujimoto, Hiromi Takesue, Yuki Ichinose (73)
T33/+2 Saiki Fujita, Kaori Aoyama, Erina Hara (74)
T41/+3 Ji-Yai Shin, Sakura Yokomine, Mi-Jeong Jeon, Nikki Campbell, Hyun-Ju Shin, Yuko Mitsuka, Ritsuko Ryu (75)
T58/+4 Akiko Fukushima, Tamie Durdin, So-Hee Kim, Rikako Morita, Esther Lee, Kyung-Min Lin (76)
Ji-Yai Shin needed to birdie her last 2 holes to salvage her 75, while a walkoff bogey was all that kept Ueda out of a share of the lead. It looks like Ueda's planned playing partner Miho Koga didn't tee it up. Hope to find out why. Tomorrow, Shin and Yokomine are the 1st off the 1st, while Ueda plays in the final pairing 2 and a half hours later. It'll be interesting if they make an early move on moving day and put some pressure on Momo-chan.