Move over, Brittany! Where the LPGA's amazin' Lincicome made 18 birdies in the final round of the Navistar Classic and the 1st round of the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge, Sun-Ju Ahn just did her 1 better in the 1st 2 rounds of the Fujitsu Ladies. She followed up yesterday's 9-birdie 65 with a 10-birdie 62 today, leaving the 4 other golfers who also broke 70 in the 1st 2 rounds of the tournament in the dust. And when those golfers' names are Ji-Yai Shin (69-67), Young Kim (67-69), Chie Arimura (66-69), and Na-Ri Kim (69-65), that's saying something! To put it another way, Yukari Baba (71-66) brings the total number of golfers within 10 shots of Ahn heading into the final round to 5. So while Lincicome's 65-61 performance outscores Ahn's 65-62, Ahn has a lot of room to outdo Lincicome over her next 18 holes as all she needs to do it beat the American's 76 by more than 2 shots tomorrow.
Here's how all the leaders and notables stand:
1st/-17 Sun-Ju Ahn (65-62)
2nd/-10 Na-Ri Kim (69-65)
3rd/-9 Chie Arimura (66-69)
T4/-8 Ji-Yai Shin (69-67), Young Kim (67-69)
6th/-7 Yukari Baba (71-66)
T7/-6 Miki Saiki (72-66), Nikki Campbell (70-68), Bo-Bae Song (66-72)
10th/-5 Mayu Hattori (70-69)
T11/-4 Saiki Fujita (70-70), Asako Fujimoto (70-70), Sakura Yokomine (69-71), Ritsuko Ryu (69-71), Jae-Hee Bae (69-71), Rui Kitada (67-73), Ayako Uehara (67-73)
T21/-3 Esther Lee (72-69), Ji-Hee Lee (71-70), Harukyo Nomura [a] (67-74)
T25/-2 Yuri Fudoh (72-70), Miho Mori [a] (72-70), Ah-Reum Hwang (71-71)
T29/-1 Shinobu Moromizato (70-73), Yuki Ichinose (69-74), Hiromi Mogi (68-75), Li-Ying Ye (68-75), Serena Aoki [a] (68-75)
T41/E Yuko Mitsuka (73-71), Na-Ri Lee (73-71), Shiho Oyama (72-72), Hyun-Ju Shin (72-72), Akiko Fukushima (71-73), Maiko Wakabayashi (71-73)
T49/+1 Akane Iijima (72-73)
MC: Ji-Woo Lee (74-72), So-Hee Kim (72-74), Megumi Takahashi [a] (68-78), Mie Nakata (75-72), Onnarin Sattayabanphot (71-76), Kaori Aoyama (76-72), Hiromi Takesue (74-74), Yun-Jye Wei (73-75), Tamie Durdin (73-78), Rikako Morita (77-75), Erina Hara (74-78)
Tamie Durdin sure likes to live dangerously! She'd better start making cuts if she wants to be playing outside Australia next year.
Besides Ahn's inevitable win and outdoing of Brittany Lincicome's most recent 54-holes total tomorrow, it'll be interesting to see if Shin can finish higher on the JLPGA than Song-Hee Kim on the KLPGA. Kim is currently 4 shots off the lead heading into the final round of the Hite Cup.