Saiki Fujita opened the JLPGA's first major of 2013, the Salonpas Cup, with a 31 and extended her bogey-free streak to 15 holes before bogeying 2 of her last 3 to fall back to -4 on her day. Going out in the afternoon wave, So Yeon Ryu lead the non-JLPGA members with 6 birdies in her last 10 holes to join Fujita in 1st with a 68 of her own.
Only 1 shot behind them were money-list leader Miki Saiki, Erina Hara, and a pair of relatively unheralded 20-year-olds, Mami Fukuda and Phoebe Yao. Much more recognizable were Morgan Pressel at -2, Rikako Morita at -1, and Yuri Fudoh, Lydia Ko, Shanshan Feng, Mika Miyazato, and Mi-Jeong Jeon at E. Other big names didn't shoot themselves out of the tournament, but still have some ground to make up over the remaining 54 holes, like Ayako Uehara, Sakura Yokomine, Sun-Ju Ahn, Bo-Mee Lee, Teresa Lu, Hyun-Ju Shin, and Jin Joo Hong at +1, as well as Shinobu Moromizato, Soo-Yun Kang, and Tamie Durdin at +2. Still others will be fighting to make the cut tomorrow, such as world #1 Inbee Park, Ha-Neul Kim, Ritsuko Ryu, Yuko Mitsuka at +3, Bo-Bae Song at +4, Ji-Hee Lee, Shiho Oyama, and Minjee Lee at +5, and Young Kim at +7.
With the 2nd round already well under way, I'll stop here for now! Stay tuned!