Saturday, July 14, 2012

Inbee Park, Chie Arimura, Shiho Oyama in the Hunt at the Stanley Ladies

Neither wind nor rain nor jet leg can slow down Inbee Park, apparently, as she's -3 and only 3 shots behind leader Rikako Morita heading into the final round of the Stanley Ladies.  Park bounced back from a +1 start with 4 birdies in a 5-hole stretch and hung on the rest of the way for a 69 in a 1st round that took 2 days to play.  With the tournament shortened to 36 holes, anything can happen, especially with the quality of golfers in the mix.  Park is tied with Shiho Oyama, who's playing in her 1st tournament of the season due to injury.  They trail Miki Saiki and China's Tao-Li Yang by 1 shot, while Chie Arimura and 22-year-old Erina Yamato are only 1 off the lead.  With 31 golfers within 5 shots of the lead--including the likes of money-list leader Mi-Jeong Jeon, Mayu Hattori, Soo-Yun Kang, Harukyo Nomura, Bo-Bae Song, Shinobu Moromizato, and Mina Nakayama at -1 and Ritsuko Ryu, Ayako Uehara, Saiki Fujita, Kaori Aoyama, and Yumiko Yoshida at -2--it should be a real shootout tomorrow!

[Update 1 (9:46 pm):  bangkokbobby has more on the 1st round!]

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