Friday, September 7, 2012
Konica Minolta Cup Set-Up: Chie Arimura and Yumiko Yoshida Set the Pace through 36 Holes
Yumiko Yoshida opened the JLPGA's 2nd major with a 64 yesterday and Chie Arimura answered with a 65 today as they leapt out to -9 and -10 starts, respectively, at the Konica Minolta Cup. With Kaori Ohe (-6) and Na-Ri Kim (-5) the only players within 5 shots of Arimura's lead, and big names like Mi Jeong Jeon (-4), Inbee Park (-4), Bo-Mee Lee (-3), Sakura Yokomine (-1), Sun-Ju Ahn (E), Yuri Fudoh (E), and Shiho Oyama (E) well off the pace after 2 rounds, a lot hangs on tomorrow's moving day results. If Arimura and Yoshida can keep the pedal to the metal, they can turn Sunday into a 2-player showdown. But with nobody currently on the course (it's tomorrow already in Japan!) making a big move--the best rounds thus far are only -2--with Ritsuko Ryu, Rikako Morita, and Miki Saiki missing the cut, and with Ji-Hee Lee withdrawing before today's round with shoulder soreness, this is a fantastic opportunity for Arimura to make a major statement. Let's see if she can do it--she's just about to tee off!