Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Saturday: Jee Young Lee's Big Chance

Hound Dog and I have been predicting a breakthrough for Jee Young Lee for years now. She's now #2 on my list of the best golfers with only 1 LPGA victory. Well, if she can outpace Maria Hjorth, deny Song-Hee Kim her 1st win on tour, hold off Juli Inkster, Natalie Gulbis, and Mika Miyazato, and prevent anyone 3 shots or more behind her from taking a run at her tomorrow in the final round of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia--such as world #3 and Final-Round Queen Ji-Yai Shin, who's only 3 back--she'll have her 2nd LPGA win and 1st as a member of the toughest tour in the world of women's golf. With 23 golfers within 5 shots of the lead and only 18 holes left to play, however, this could be anyone's tournament, particularly when it seems like water comes into play on every hole at the par-71 Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. Should be a roller coaster of a final round tomorrow!

[Update 1 (10:49 am): Ouch--just realized that Seon Hwa Lee got it to -5 before making a double, a bogey, and no birdies in her last 5 holes. Contrast that to Amy Yang, who's finished strong with 3 birdies in her last 7 holes both rounds, and you see how dangerous even those at -2 are.]

[Update 2 (10:50 am): With Ai Miyazato, Cristie Kerr, Ya Ni Tseng, and Suzann Pettersen all over par this week, Ji-Yai Shin has a great chance to move up the Rolex Rankings tomorrow.]

[Update 3 (10:51 am): Here's the 2nd-round notes and interviews from]

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