So what about the biggest stories coming into the LPGA's final event?
- 2013 Player of the Year Inbee Park's victory lap got off to a fine start, as she made 4 birdies in her last 8 holes to post a 68 and soundly beat playing partners and Vare Trophy rivals Stacy Lewis (who struggled all day but birdied 3 of her last 4 holes to get to -1) and Suzann Pettersen (who began her day with a double on the par-5 1st but ended it at E).
- In the Rookie of the Year race, Ayako Uehara, who needs to win this week to have a chance of passing Caroline Masson and Moriya Jutanugarn, opened with a 5-birdie 69, which puts her 8-up on Masson, who had a disastrous day, and 1-up on Jutanugarn, who would need to finish 2nd or 3rd in the event of an Uehara win to be ROY.
- Lydia Ko struggled with nerves early on (she was +3 after a double on 3 and a bogey on 7), but righted the ship and finished with 4 birdies in her last 11 holes of bogey-free golf. Imagine what she would have shot if she had had a good putting day! As it is, she's tied with the likes of Lewis, defending champion Na Yeon Choi, hottest LPGAer without a win Chella Choi, and a bunch of Americans, from newbies Lizette Salas, Gerina Piller, and Jennifer Johnson to veterans like Morgan Pressel and the soon-to-retire Stacy Prammanasudh. (Ko'll be 1st off the 10th with Lewis and Chella Choi tomorrow!)