Saturday, November 27, 2010

Ricoh Cup Saturday: Inbee Park Takes Her Turn at the Top

In the 3rd round of the Ricoh Cup, it was 2nd-round leader Mika Miyazato's turn to blow up with 5 bogeys in her 1st 15 holes and no birdies until the 17th hole. As a result, even though Inbee Park double-bogeyed the very same hole, she still had a 3-shot lead on Miyazato, money-list title-holder Sun-Ju Ahn, and billion-yen-woman Yuri Fudoh. Meanwhile, Sakura Yokomine's 78 that dropped her 7 shots off the pace summed up her season--she's just been unable to keep herself in contention all that often, at least compared to what we've become used to over the past several years.

Here's where the leaders and notables stand heading into the final round:

1st/-2 Inbee Park (72-72-70)
T2/+1 Yuri Fudoh (69-76-72), Sun-Ju Ahn (72-72-73), Mika Miyazato (70-71-76)
5th/+3 Miki Saiki (69-76-74)
6th/+4 Chie Arimura (72-74-74)
T7/+5 Akane Iijima (71-77-73), Ayako Uehara (72-74-75), Sakura Yokomine (72-71-78)
T10/+6 Mi-Jeong Jeon (70-79-73), Saiki Fujita (72-75-75)

T12/+7 Nikki Campbell (74-79-70), Eun-A Lim (74-75-74), Hiromi Takesue (70-79-74), Young Kim (72-74-77)
16th/+8 Na-Ri Lee (74-76-74)
T17/+9 Hyun-Ju Shin (76-77-72), Ji-Hee Lee (75-74-76), Na-Ri Kim (71-74-80), Rikako Morita (67-76-82)
21st/+10 Rui Kitada (78-74-74)
T22/+11 Mie Nakata (74-78-75), Nobuko Kizawa (73-76-78)
T24/+12 Shinobu Moromizato (78-78-72), Mayu Hattori (75-75-78)
26th/+13 Akiko Fukushima (77-76-76)
27th/+14 Yukari Baba (78-78-74)
28th/+15 Yoshimi Koda (74-79-78)
29th/+19 Yun-Jye Wei (79-81-75)

Let's see if Park can get that elusive 2nd win on the JLPGA this season, or whether she'll rack up her 7th silver medal in her 14th and final start on tour! Me, I'd love to see Mikan get her 2nd JLPGA major title of the year....

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