The other players in the field may have been able to to accomplish 1 of those tasks, but not both. Consider the carnage:
- Except for a double Thursday on the tough par-3 12th, Hee Young Park was playing great golf and was -6 through 10 holes on Friday; she proceeded to play her last 8 holes in +2, with 3 bogeys in that stretch.
- Despite making 3 bogeys in her 1st 22 holes, Cristie Kerr was -4 through 9 holes, -5 through 15, and -4 through 23; she proceeded to go bogey-double-birdie, make 9 pars in a row, and fall back to even par with a walkoff double.
- Azahara Munoz was -4 standing on the tee of the par-3 4th yesterday, with only 1 bogey over her previous 21 holes (also on the 12th); by the time she reached the 14th tee, she had made 3 bogeys and a double and needed a late birdie to get back to E for the week.
- Anna Nordqvist was cruising along, -4 through 15 holes and -3 through 25; then she took a quad on the par-4 8th and offset her 3 birdies on the back with 2 bogeys in her last 4 holes to drop back to E overall.
- Morgan Pressel shot a fantastic 67 on Thursday, but started off Friday with a double-bogey-par-double run; even though she bounced back with 2 tough birdie putts in a row on 9 and 10, she bogeyed 14 and doubled 18 to drop back to +1 for the week.
- Ai Miyazato was -4 and bogey-free over her 1st 8 holes of the tournament; she's played her last 28 holes in +5, with 6 bogeys and 2 doubles in that run. Nevertheless, she moved up from T20 to T16 when all was said and done.
- Maria Hjorth was -6 through 22 holes and playing the kind of golf that lead to her win here last year, but all of a sudden she made 3 birdies, a double, and a triple with no offsetting birdies over her last 14 holes to drop all the way from being in contention to T22 at +2.
- Ya Ni Tseng was -3 through 22 holes and right in the thick of things, but 1 birdie did little to slow the bogey barrage that ensued--she made 4 of them in her last 14 holes, along with a double on the par-3 8th.
- Karrie Webb went 67-80. Mi Hyun Kim went 69-80. 'Nuff said.
This weekend will be a game of survival!
[Update 1 (10:24 am): Check out the overviews and photos from the 1st 2 rounds provided by bangkokbobby.]
[Update 2 (10:42 am): Don't know how I missed Candie Kung in my list of collapses: she was -4 through 28 holes, but finished with 5 bogeys in her last 8 holes, including 3 in a row to kick off the run and back-to-back ones to (hopefully) end it. She teed off at 10:26 this morning!]