There were other really big moving day moves--former champion Momoko Ueda's 67 got her to -7, Brittany Lincicome's 67 (aided by an eagle on the par-5 16th) got her to -4, and JLPGA veteran Junko Omote's 67 got her to -3--but with the leaders playing so well, even those who broke 70 fell further behind. 68s by Amy Hung, Na On Min, and Asako Fujimoto (-5), Eun-A Lim (-4), and Meaghan Francella (-2) were completely overshadowed by the pyrotechnics at the top of the leaderboard. 69s by Meena Lee (-8), Mika Miyazato, Young Kim, and Jimin Kang (-7), Stacy Prammanasudh (-6), M.J. Hur (-5), Song-Hee Kim and Maria Hjorth (-4), Inbee Park and Kyeong Bae (-3), and more were worth even less. 70s by Na Yeon Choi (-7), Chie Arimura (-7), and Sun-Ju Ahn (-6) simply didn't cut it on a moving day like this. Everyone more than 5 shots behind Shin is going to have to throw caution to the winds and fire at every pin tomorrow if they want to have a hope of making up ground on the leaders.
But the strangest news of the week has to be that Ai Miyazato has gone 36 holes without making a birdie. Here's someone averaging over 4 birdies per round not only getting skunked, but also making more bogeys than she usually does in 2 to 4 tournaments. Here's hoping Ai-sama's not hurt...and can avoid DFL tomorrow! Gambatte!!
[Update 1 (6:49 am): Here's Mike Southern on the similarities in the 2 #1s' games.]
[Update 2 (6:52 am): There weren't as many eagles today as yesterday, but Meena Lee's on the par-4 14th was probably the best!]
[Update 3 (6:54 am): Here are notes and interviews from LPGA.com.]
[Update 4 (7:07 am): Nice set-up by LPGA.com:
Come-From-Behind Queen meets the Final-Round Queen? Shin's formidable play on Sundays has earned her the nickname Final-round Queen, while Yani Tseng, who has captured four of her five career LPGA victories by coming from behind, is the Come-from-behind Queen.
Speaking of which, here are tomorrow's key pairings:
Start Time: 8:50 AM
Start Time: 9:00 AM
Na Yeon Choi
Start Time: 9:10 AM
Start Time: 9:20 AM
Start Time: 9:30 AM
Ya Ni Tseng
No doubt Ai-sama wishes she weren't in the last group off the back!]
[Update 5 (7:11 am): Not to belabor the point, but this was Ai-sama's worst round since moving day at Oakmont. She did 10 shots better the next day then--how about 20 shots better tomorrow? Hey, she'll be playing with Rikako Morita, who won last week with a final-round 62!]