Monday, July 11, 2011

U.S. Women's Open Sunday: Can Anyone Chase Down Hee Kyung Seo? has a fantastic primer on where things stand as we head into the final holes of the final round of the U.S. Women's Open in a few hours. Hee Kyung Seo shot a pair of 68s yesterday to become the leader in the clubhouse at -3, but a birdie-less 37 on the back opened the door to her chase pack:

  • Fellow KLPGA star So Yeon Ryu, who like Seo hasn't been as consistently excellent in the past season-plus as their fans would like, is 1 back with 3 holes left to play. If she can manage to make 1 more birdie (say on the par-5 17th), she will have shot her 3rd-straight 69 and join Seo at -3.
  • Cristie Kerr is 2 down with 2 to play. She's looking to break a string of 3-straight runner-up finishes followed by a T3 at the Wegmans LPGA Championship and get her 2nd U.S. Women's Open title and 1st win in over a year.
  • Angela Stanford is 3 down with 4 to play. She scraped and scrambled around the Broadmoor for 27 holes amazingly well Sunday, but went 4-over in her 1st 5 holes on the final 9 of the long week.
  • Ai Miyazato, Mika Miyazato, and Ryann O'Toole are 6 down with 5 to play. Like Stacy Lewis before them, both Miyazatos reached -5 and hit a wall, while O'Toole had been hanging around under par until bogeying her last 4 holes in a row in her 3rd round and has been offsetting every birdie in her final round with a bogey.

There's so much more to be said about yesterday's roller-coaster rounds, but I stupidly didn't check to see if there would be any evening coverage after the rain delay, which I found out about after completing one of the worst rounds of my life at Seneca Hickory Stick late this afternoon and assumed would signal the end of play for the day, as it has pretty much every other day. So I avoided the internet and watched the DVRed coverage from the morning and afternoon as soon as I could. Now it's time to grab a little rest and wake up in time for the finale on ESPN2!

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