Saturday, July 7, 2012

U.S. Women's Open Saturday: Movin' On Up!

It's a very tough moving day at the U.S. Women's Open, so if you can shoot anywhere near par today, you're going to pass a lot of people.  Well, Paula Creamer, Shanshan Feng, and Danielle Kang all shot 1-under-par 71s today to move to +1, +3, and +3 for the week, respectively.  Azahara Munoz joined Feng and Kang in T17 (right now) with a solid 73.  With Na Yeon Choi and Amy Yang the only leaders playing really good golf right now, don't count out anyone anywhere near par!

[Update 1 (5:18 pm): With NYC going super-low and Amy Yang posting the only sub-70 round of the day (thus far), it's easy to overlook how good Guilia Sergas's 73 was today.  She's only +2 for the week!]

[Update 2 (5:31 pm):  Forgot to give props to rookie Numa Gulyanamitta, whose early 73 has now moved her all the way up to T29 at +6.  Back to the present, Mika Miyazato is hanging in there and is +1 through 15 today, -1 overall.]

[Update 3 (5:41 pm):  Lexi Thompson and Nicole Castrale have shown a heck of a lot of resilience today.  Things haven't always gone their way, but they're both E on the day and -1 overall heading to their final holes.]

[Update 4 (6:00 pm):  Awesome finish for Lizette Salas; she birdied 3 of her last 4 holes, including both 17 and 18, to fight back to a 73 and get back to -1 for the week.]

[Update 5 (6:02 pm):  Whoops, gave Lizette credit for a birdie on 18 too early--she needs to make a 25-footer to make my last update come true!]

[Update 6 (6:06 pm):   Mikan's got a birdie chance to get to E for the day and -2 for the week!]

[Update 7 (6:08 pm):  They're going over the highlights of NYC's amazing 65 on ESPN right now.  What a great round!]

[Update 8 (6:40 pm):  Man, I jinxed Salas!  She ended up needing to make a pressure putt on 18 just to salvage a 3-putt bogey, so that 73 I called prematurely ended up being a 75.  Mikan couldn't birdie 18, but her 73 was one of the best rounds of the day.  And Sandra Gal hung in there for a 74 that could have been much worse.]

[Update 9 (6:43 pm):  So with Pettersen's bogey, Paula Creamer's 71 has now moved her into T7 heading into Sunday!]

1 comment:

The Florida Masochist said...

Choi is looking very tough going into today. If she shoots 75 or better, I bet Choi wins.

At the moment, Choi might be the best woman golfer without a major. The other person you can make that argument for is Ai Miyzato.

Yani Tseng is in a slump right now. Kind of reminds me of Ochoa in summer 2008.