Friday, October 2, 2009

Navistar Classic Friday: How About That Ya Ni Tseng?

Although Ya Ni Tseng hasn't really been playing up to her standards since early July (her scoring average was 69.89 after the Farr but entering this week stood at 70.66), she's shown signs of breaking through lately (with more rounds in the 60s than during the U.S. Women's Open and European swing). Well, she just shot a bogey-free 63--which included 2 trios of consecutive birdies over her last 8 holes--to put herself in a tie for the lead at -10 in the Navistar Classic with Laura Davies (65), Guilia Sergas (65), Lorena Ochoa (68), and Alexis Thompson (69).

Thompson, by the way, must have been bombing it today: her driving distance went up from 246 yards yesterday to almost 261 yards through 36 holes. She's still 20 yards behind Sophie Gustafson (65, -9) and among those in the top 10 is outdriving only Hye Jung Choi, but it seems my prediction that this will be the LPGA's bombers' week was a pretty good one, at least so far.

With scores like this on Friday, I wonder what moving day will be like tomorrow!

[Update 1 (11:00 pm): Turns out Ya Ni's round tied a tournament record!]

[Update 2 (11:55 pm): It's Alexis Thompson day at Golf Channel. Great for her, great for the tour, but can anybody on a TV highlight show mention that Tseng tied a tournament record?]

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