I've been watching the U.S. Women's Open with my parents and have been telling them since last night it's not going to be easy for Na Yeon Choi to hold her 6-shot lead. There are just too many challenging carries with severe penalties for small misses for the final round to be a cakewalk. Well, after a pulled drive on 10 and a triple and a pulled approach shot on 12 into the hay, I'm wishing I put my thoughts into writing before now!
Now the players chasing her face a new kind of pressure. How will Amy Yang respond to this open door? Sometimes it's easier to play well when you seem to have no chance of winning....
[Update 1 (4:23 pm): What a fantastic up-and-down for par from a seemingly unplayable lie by NYC! Amy seems tentative with her putts while NYC's been riding the roller coaster. I think she needs to get more aggressive with her speed if she wants to catch NYC!]
[Update 2 (4:28 pm): Wow! How lucky was NYC with that tee/approach shot on the dangerous 13th. I don't get why so many players have tried to draw their shots in to the back tee--it just brings that lake into play. Doesn't anyone try to start at at the center of the green?!]
[Update 3 (4:51 pm): Big swing when NYC just missed a birdie on 14 and Yang bogeyed it. 4-up with 4 to play, Na Yeon again got lucky on her drive, which could easily have ended up in the fairway bunker left but actually bounced back almost all the way to the fairway!]
[Update 4 (5:02 pm): Awesome approaches and birdies by NYC and Yang on 15. I don't think Yang hit her driver well enough on 16 or got a good enough kick to go for the par 5 in 2.]
[Update 5 (5:15 pm): Wow! With that awesome birdie putt by NYC, she's gotten back to E on her day after tripling the 10th. Consider that door she opened closed!]
[Update 6 (5:47 pm): Congratulations to Na Yeon Choi on her 1st major and 6th career LPGA win! She's finally beaten fellow '08er Ya Ni Tseng to a big milestone.]