Sunday, July 8, 2012

U.S. Women's Open Final 9: Na Yeon Opened the Door; Can Amy Catch Her?

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.]

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