Friday, September 4, 2009

Canadian Women's Open Friday: Song-Hee Kim Rocks the Front with a 28

You read that right. Song-Hee Kim birdied her 1st 6 holes on the front and added a birdie on the 9th for a 28 that brought her to -7 overall in the Canadian Women's Open. Let's see how she follows it up. She bogeyed the 10th to break a 12-hole bogey-free streak but birdied the par-5 12th to pull back within 3 shots of Suzann Pettersen, whose own bogey-free run of -9 through her 1st 21 holes got interrupted but is now back on track with 2 birdies in her last 6 bogey-free holes, bringing her to -10 overall. We'll see if either of them can surpass Janice Moodie's 65 today, which included her 2nd-straight eagle on the 12th. Stay tuned!

[Update 1 (2:22 pm): Don't look now, but Ji-Yai Shin has a 15-hole bogey-free streak going since the end of yesterday's round and has made 5 birdies in her 1st 10 holes today.]

[Update 2 (3:19 pm): Looks like Pettersen may find herself locked in a duel with another Futures Tour standout this week. Kim is on track to break Anna Rawson's course record after her birdie on the 16th got her to -8 on her day and for the tournament. For the 3rd time today, Pettersen made a bogey that interrupted a birdie barrage; she had gotten to -11 but just fell back to -10. M.J. Hur, by the way, is -5 overall and quietly moving up the leaderboard.]

[Update 3 (3:21 pm): Whoops! Make that 2 bogeys in a row for Pettersen, who's now no longer double digits under par for the 1st time since the 4th, her 13th hole today. Let's see if she can come back with a birdie on the par-5 9th!]

[Update 4 (3:38 pm): With Kim's birdie on the 17th, she's not only tied for the lead at -9 but also would shoot a 59 with an eagle on 18!]

[Update 5 (3:56 pm): Oh, well, she "only" parred the 18th. Coupled with Pettersen's par on the 9th, both end the day at -9, ripe for getting passed by anyone who gets hot in the afternoon pairings.]

[Update 6 (11:48 pm): Shin's walkoff birdie gives her a 65 and ties her with Sophie Gustafson (68) at -5. Don't count out the rookie who's tied with Lorena Ochoa for most LPGA wins this season.]

[Update 7 (11:50 pm): Kim got The Armchair Golfer's attention, but he gave her an extra birdie on the front. Still less of a mistake than my "59 call" up there in update 4 (it would have been a 60!).]

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