The plot thickened on moving day at the Earth Mondamin Cup, as Mi-Jeong Jeon and Miki Sakai fired 64s to get to -14 and Teresa Lu a 66 to move to -13, passing 1st- and 2nd-round leader Sun-Ju Ahn, whose 69 could only get her to -12.
Sakai's round was bogey-free and Jeon offset her lone bogey (on a par 5!) with an eagle on the 308-yard par-4 7th, while Shiho Oyama made 4 birdies in a row late on the back to post a 66 and climb to -11, Ji-Yai Shin used a bogey-free 31 on the front to post a 66 of her own and move to -9, and Bo-Mee Lee joined the 66 club, as well, thanks to 7 birdies that brought her to -8 for the week. With the likes of Mihoko Iseri (68) at -10, Na-Ri Lee (68) at -9, and Lala Anai (68) at -8, Ahn's march to her 17th career JLPGA victory is facing a multitude of severe obstacles. But the biggest is probably self-inflicted: after opening with a bogey-free 33, she made only 1 birdie on the back 9 and offset it with a bogey.
So let's see if Ahn can find her ticket to the birdie train tomorrow, if Jeon can keep it going in her quest for JLPGA victory #23, and if Oyama can find win #14 on tour. And let's see if Ji-Hee Lee and Mayu Hattori (-7), Young Kim (-6), Sakura Yokomine and Misuza Narita (-5), Miki Saiki and Ritsuko Ryu (-4), Kumiko Kaneda and Bo-Bae Song (-3), Rikako Morita and Erika Kikuchi (-2), Ai Suzuki (-1), and defending champion Natsuka Hori (E) can find another gear tomorrow.