As bangkokbobby reported earlier today, Ayako Uehara and Mi-Jeong Jeon caught 1st-round leader of the Yokohama Tire PRGR Ladies Cup Yuri Fudoh at -1, on a day when even an eagle couldn't keep the JLPGA's only Billion Yen Woman from ballooning to a 75, as she offset it with back-to-back bogeys to close out her round. The round of the day, though, belonged to former LPGAer Teresa Lu, who fired a 68 that included 6 birdies, an eagle, and 4 bogeys and which improved on her 1st-round score by 9 shots, bringing her within 2 shots of the lead. KLPGA star Bo-Mee Lee birdied 4 holes in a row as she made the turn and parred out over her last 6 holes to stay within 1 of the 3 leaders. With 2-time player of the year Sun-Ju Ahn only 3 off the pace after birdieing 5 of her last 10 holes today, tomorrow's final round should be amazing. If you don't mind a spoiler, it's already tomorrow in Japan!
Here's how the top 10 and notables stand after 36 holes:
Uehara (73-70), Mi-Jeong Jeon (69-74), Yuri Fudoh (68-75)
4th/E Bo-Mee Lee (73-71)
T5/+1 Teresa Lu (77-68), Soo-Yun Kang (72-73), Yumiko Yoshida (70-75)
T8/+2 Shiho Toyonaga (74-72), Sun-Ju Ahn (73-73), Saiki Fujita (73-73), Nana Akahori (71-75)
T12/+3 Na-Ri Kim (74-73), Shinobu Moromizato (73-74), Akane Iijima (73-74)
T17/+4 Asako Fujimoto (77-71), Ji-Hee Lee (76-72), Mina Nakayama (76-72), Ritsuko Ryu (75-73), Yuki Ichinose (75-73), Harukyo Nomura (74-74), Hiromi Mogi (73-75)
T24/+5 Sae Yamamura (76-73), Kumiko Kaneda (75-74), Na-Ri Lee (75-74), Aiko Kaneda (75-74), Hyun-Ju Shin (73-76), Sakura Yokomine (72-77)
T31/+6 Erina Hara (77-73), Da-Ye Na (77-73), So-Hee Kim (76-74), Esther Lee (73-77)
T40/+7 Haruka Kudo (77-74), Mayu Hattori (74-77), Rui Kitada (74-77), Li-Ying Ye (73-78)
T47/+8 Misuzu Narita (77-75), Shanshan Feng (76-76), Yukari Baba (76-76), Kaori Ohe (74-78), Erika Kikuchi (74-78)
MC: Onnarin Sattayabanphot, Tamie Durdin, Satsuki
Oshiro, Megumi Kido, Natsuka Hori, Rikako Morita, Kaori Aoyama, Maiko Wakabayashi, Miki Sakai, Kotono Kozuma, Porani Chutichai, Ah-Reum Hwang, Airi Saitoh, Young Kim, Miki Saiki, Eun-Bi Jang, Tao-Li Yang, Megumi Takahashi [a], Ming-Yen Chen, Nikki Campbell, Lala Anai, Hsuan-Yu Yao, Gloria Park
Too bad Yokomine, Feng, and Nomura will start the final round in the middle of the pack. Let's see if any of them can make a big move on the players going off in the last 3 or 4 threesomes....