Eun-Bi Jang fired a 31 on the front and cruised home for a bogey-free 66 that leapfrogged her from a tie for 26th on Friday to sole possession of the lead in the T-Point Ladies by the end of moving day. Jang got some help from the 1st-round leaders, as Ayako Uehara faltered with a birdie-less 75, Mayu Hattori suffered a 4-bogey 74, and Kaori Ohe needed a birdie on her final hole to salvage a 72. With a grand total of 22 golfers within 5 shots of the lead, tomorrow's final round should be a barn-burner.
Will Jang do better then than the only other time in her JLPGA career that she was in this position, when she lost to a charging Shanshan Feng in the final round of the Meiji Chocolate Cup last August? Or will Soo-Yun Kang, who eagled her 1st hole on the way to a 67 today that brought her a single shot from the lead, finally get her 1st JLPGA victory? Or will Ji-Hee Lee (2 shots back; 15 career JLPGA wins) or Mi-Jeong Jeon (3; 17) continue the "Korean Power Wave" that's been sweeping Japan? Or will a Japanese young gun like Ritsuko Ryu (1 back, 1 win), Ohe (2 back, 0 wins), or Harukyo Nomura (3 back, 1 win) stem the tide? Or will Teresa Lu (3 back, 0 wins) break through for Taiwan on the JLPGA? Or will a living legend like Yuri Fudoh or heavy hitter like Sakura Yokomine make a charge from 4 back? Or will someone else take the T-Point title?
Here's how the leaderboard stands with 18 holes left to be played:
1st/-6 Eun-Bi Jang (72-66)
T2/-5 Soo-Yun Kang (72-67), Ritsuko Ryu (70-69)
T4/-4 Ji-Hee Lee (71-69), Kaori Ohe (68-72)
T6/-3 Ah-Reum Hwang (73-68), Harukyo Nomura (71-70), Mi-Jeong Jeon (70-71), Teresa Lu (69-72)
T10/-2 Yuri Fudoh (73-69), Yuki Ichinose (72-70), Asako Fujimoto (71-71), Sakura Yokomine (70-72), Mayu Hattori (68-74)
T15/-1 Young Kim (73-70), Akane Iijima (73-70), Shinobu Moromizato (71-72), Hiromi Mogi (70-73), Porani Chutichai (69-74), Ayako Uehara (68-75)
T23/E Erina Hara (73-71), Misuzu Narita (73-71), Mina Nakayama (73-71), Maiko Wakabayashi (71-73), Na-Ri Lee (71-73), Junko Omote (70-74), Li-Ying Ye (70-74), Lala Anai (70-74), Mamiko Higa [a] (70-74)
T33/+1 Kotono Kozuma (76-69), Rikako Morita (75-70)
T40/+2 So-Hee Kim (78-68), Yukari Baba (74-72), Rui Kitada (73-73), Saiki Fujita (73-73), Erika Kikuchi (72-74), Miki Sakai (72-74), Tao-Li Yang (72-74)
T49/+3 Esther Lee (73-74), Yumiko Yoshida (71-76), Miyari Honda (70-77)
MC: Na-Ri Kim, Kaori Aoyama, Da-Ye Na, Hsuan-Yu Yao, Saeko Endo, Bo-Mee Lee, Hyun-Ju Shin, Tamie Durdin, Kumiko
Kaneda, Onnarin Sattayabanphot, Satsuki Oshiro, Erina Yamato,
Sakurako Mori, Megumi Kido, Mie
Nakata, Airi Saitoh, Aoi Nagata, Aiko Kaneda, Sae
Amazing that Bo-Mee Lee missed the cut the same week Sun-Ju Ahn sits one out. We should see some big changes to the top of the JLPGA money list after tomorrow's round!