Saturday, September 14, 2013

Evian Championship Saturday Afternoon: Lydia Ko Fires Bogey-Free 67 to Pull within 1 of Mika Miyazato

Lydia Ko got a pair of birdies early in her round and finished it with another pair to fire a bogey-free 67 and leap to -7 through 36 holes of the Evian Championship, putting her only 1 shot behind leader Mika Miyazato.  Ko tied Stacy Lewis and Chella Choi from the morning wave for low rounds in the clubhouse until Rebecca Lee-Bentham posted a 7-birdie 66 to get to -1 for the week.  With So Yeon Ryu at -7 today after getting a hole in 1 on the 16th and Lexi Thompson at -5 through 16, it's looking like Lee-Bentham's mark might even be eclipsed.  Let's see!

[Update 1 (11:36 am):  Ya Ni Tseng's struggles with big numbers and bad stretches continued this week.  She opened the back yesterday with a double and 2 bogeys for a 40 and closed it exactly the same way today to miss the cut.  She keeps showing signs of playing great golf, but then falls apart!  So frustrating!]

[Update 2 (11:37 am):  Ya Ni's not alone, of course.  Charley Hull made 2 doubles and 2 bogeys on the back to offset her 2 birdies and miss the cut, as well.]

[Update 3 (11:39 am):  Inbee Park doubled the par-4 4th to balloon to +5 for the week and flirt with the cut line, but she shot a bogey-free 34 on the back to come in at E for the day and +3 for the week.]

[Update 4 (11:41 am):  Whoops, that hole in 1 was Caroline Hedwall's, not So Yeon Ryu's!  Little glitch with the live scoring there!]

[Update 5 (11:44 am):  Now I'm not sure whether Lindsey Wright just canned one on the par-3 14th to get to -4 for the day and -7 for the week!]

[Update 6 (11:45 am):  Bad news for Se Ri Pak and her legions of fans.  2 holes ago she was -6 for the week, but just went double bogey-bogey.]

[Update 7 (11:47 am):  64 at +3 or better, 76 at +4 or better, 88 at +5 or better:  where will the cut line fall?]

[Update 8 (11:52 am):  Now 66 at +3 or better!  Catriona Matthew, Brittany Lincicome, Eun-Hee Ji, Hee Kyung Seo used to be shoo-ins at +4; now they're holding their breaths!]

[Update 9 (11:53 am):  Ah, it was a bogey by Wright at 14, not a hole in 1. Easy to confuse!]

[Update 10 (11:54 am):  Se Ri fighting!  Birdie on 16 gets her back to -4 for the week!]

[Update 11 (11:55 am):  Na Yeon Choi, Morgan Pressel, Shanshan Feng all fall back to E for the week.]

[Update 12 (11:57 am):  Check out Caroline Hedwall's scorecard!  She was +6 through 21 holes after back-to-back doubles, but has gone birdie-birdie-bogey-birdie-hole in 1 eagle-birdie to fight back to +1 for the week!  And she still has the 18th left to play!]

[Update 13 (11:58 am):  Jennifer Song (-3 through 13 today) and Mi-Hyang Lee (-2 through 13) also mounting impressive comebacks.]

[Update 14 (12:01 pm):  Lexi bogeyed 18 to settle for great 67 and tie Hurst and Creamer at -3.  Angela Stanford and Jennifer Johnson looking to make it an All-American bunch at T11.]

[Update 15 (12:03 pm):  Kerr birdied 14 and 15 to fight back to +6, but that was the best she could do coming home.  She'll have the silver lining of not having to deal with the weather tomorrow (and maybe for a day or 2 after) as they try to get to 54 holes, but any MC in a major has to sting for her.]

[Update 16 (12:05 pm):  It's looking like those at +4 will be safe, but with 77 there and most who are still on the course well better than that, the cut line is very unlikely to go to +5.]

[Update 17 (12:07 pm):  So it's looking like Hee Young Park needs to birdie 18 to play any more this week.  Laura Davies, Helen Alfredsson, Moira Dunn, Sun Young Yoo, and Moriya Jutanugarn are definitely out.]

[Update 18 (12:10 pm):  Last update for awhile and my lucky number goes to So Yeon Ryu, who was unlucky last week when she got out by KLPGAer who made 2 eagles from the fairway in her last 10 holes.  Ryu opened with a 5-birdie 30 and hung on for a 6-birdie 66 to vault to -5 for the week, T5 right now with Chella Choi.]

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