Sunday, May 18, 2014

Kingsmill Championship Saturday: Lizette Salas Takes 3-Shot lead on Hee Young Park into Final Round

Lizette Salas, my #4-ranked player without a win on the LPGA, put herself in great position to graduate from that category today by birdieing 3 of her 1st 6 holes and 3 of her last 5 yesterday at the Kingsmill Championship on her way to a bogey-free 65 that put her 3-up on 2nd-round leader Hee Young Park.  With the likes of Stacy Lewis, Lydia Ko, and Katherine Kirk 5 back and Lexi Thompson, Ya Ni Tseng, and Pornanong Phatlum 6 off the pace, it's too soon to call the final round a match-play situation.  But with Salas finding her putting touch again at -13 and the Rocket in range of her 3rd LPGA victory at -10, those chasing them are going to have to go super-low today.

Kingsmill can be vulnerable to exactly those kinds of rounds, however.  So I wouldn't quite say anyone under par is completely out of this thing, particularly if Salas and Park stall or fall back.  But it doesn't seem like So Yeon Ryu (-6) has figured out the greens, like Azahara Munoz (-5) has another 65 (or lower) in her this week, like Brittany Lang (-4) is ready to bounce back from her 5-bogey 74 yesterday, like anyone at -3 (such as Suzann Pettersen, Cristie Kerr, Carlota Ciganda, Jenny Shin, or Charley Hull) is hitting on all cylinders this week, that Anna Nordqvist or Angela Stanford at -2 has a low-60s round in them today, or that Karrie Webb, Ai Miyazato, or Gerina Piller at -1 is ready to flirt with the course record.

Stranger things have happened, though!  Can't wait to see how this one turns out!

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