Friday, March 7, 2014

World Ladies Championship Friday: Pettersen Cruising, Luna and Jutanugarn Surging Up Leaderboard

A bogey-free 68 brought Suzann Pettersen to -11 after 36 holes of the World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills in China.  The world #2 holds a 2-shot lead on So Yeon Ryu (67), Nikki Campbell (67), Valentine Derrey (68), Trish Johnson (68), and Ye Na Chung (69), but the biggest rounds of the day came from Diana Luna (64, -8) and Ariya Jutanugarn (66, -7).  Luna made 7 birdies and 2 eagles, one on the 450-yard par-5 2nd and the other on the 300-yard par-4 16th, to jump from 30th place into 7th, while Jutanugarn's 8-birdie 66 brought her into a tie for 8th with the likes of Inbee Park (70), Gwladys Nocera (70), and Minjee Lee (71).

Ha Na Jang (70, -4) and Shanshan Feng (70, -2) also put together solid 3-under-par rounds today on the par-73 Blackstone course.  Feng is trying to regain the form that saw her arguably as the 4th-best golfer on the LPGA in 2013, while Jang can pass In-Kyung Kim for the 4th and final spot on Team Korea in the LPGA's International Crown with a strong finish on the weekend.  Speaking of team competitions, the Park-Ryu team from Korea has caught the Nocera-Derrey team from France at 276.  With Pettersen's teammate Marianne Skarpnord missing the cut, it's looking like Team Norway is one of many out of the competition.  The biggest name to miss the cut was Australian amateur sensation Su-Hyun Oh, who improved on her opening 80 by 10 shots today, but needed to go 1 lower to make the final 36 holes.

Should be an exciting finish.  I'm looking for some really low moving day scores tomorrow!


Colin N.Z said...

Low moving day scores like Inbee Park proving why she is Rolex World #1.

The Constructivist said...

And how!