Friday, December 6, 2013

Stacy Lewis and Pornanong Phatlum Duelling in Dubai, Inbee Park Opens with 63 in Taiwan

Stacy Lewis is at -11 and Pornanong Phatlum -9 in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, the final tournament of the LET's 2013 season.  With only 3 other players within 5 shots of the lead, including dual LPGA-LET member Carlota Ciganda, it'll be interesting to see whether the 2013 Vare Trophy winner on the LPGA can hold off Phatlum, who's been playing very good golf of late.  But as good as the field is in Dubai--with the likes of Laura Davies, Sophie Gustafson, Maria Hjorth, Shanshan Feng, Charley Hull, Gwladys Nocera, and many others playing--it's nothing compared to the field in Taiwan for the Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters.  Here are some of the biggest names playing there:

  • U.S.:  Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Jessica Korda, Sydnee Michaels, Mariel Galdiano
  • Europe:  Anna Nordqvist, Caroline Hedwall, Catriona Matthew, Sandra Gal, Belen Mozo
  • Asia:  Inbee Park, So Yeon Ryu, Na Yeon Choi, In-Kyung Kim, Ji-Yai Shin, Ya Ni Tseng, Hee Young Park, Lydia Ko, Ayako Uehara, Bo Mee Lee, Teresa Lu, Ha Na Jang, Hyo Joo Kim, Shin Ae Ahn, Sei Young Kim, Ritsuko Ryu, Natsuka Hori, Asako Fujimoto, Kumiko Kaneda

Thanks to reader Colin, here's the leaderboard!  As you can see, Inbee Park opened with a 63 to take a 2-shot lead on Catriona Matthew, a 4-shot lead on Na Yeon Choi and Sandra Gal, and a 5-shot lead on So Yeon Ryu, Ya Ni Tseng, and Lydia Ko.

2013 is going out with a bang!

[Update 1 (7:52 pm):  Here's another way to get to a Swinging Skirts leaderboard.]

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