Lorena Ochoa Invitational Sunday: And the Winner Is…Lexi!


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Hey folks, let’s consider this an open thread for the final round of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.  Here’s a quick reminder of what’s at stake for the leaders heading into today’s play.

And here’s how the leaderboard looks right now:

-13 Lexi Thompson (E through 1)
-12 Stacy Lewis (-1 through 1)
-11 In-Kyung Kim (+1 through 1)
-10 So Yeon Ryu (E through 2)
-9 Inbee Park (-1 through 2), Anna Nordqvist (E through 2), Pornanong Phatlum (E through 2)
-8 Amy Yang (-2 through 4), Azahara Munoz (-1 through 3)

Stay tuned!

[Update 1 (11:55 am):  With @lpga and @LOIMX live-tweeting this thing, I’ll be updating this post periodically this afternoon.]

[Update 2 (11:59 am):  Munoz birdied 4 to move to -9 for the week and -2 today.]

[Update 3 (12:00 pm):  Karine Icher birdied 5 to move to -8 for the week and -2 today, while Yang bogeyed it to fall to -7.]

[Update 4 (12:02 pm):  @LOIMX tweeted that Inbee birdied the 4th.  Waiting for LPGA.com to confirm!]

[Update 5 (12:07 pm):  Time for a leaderboard update:

-13 Lexi Thompson (E through 2)
-12 Stacy Lewis (-1 through 2)
-11 In-Kyung Kim (+1 through 2)
-10 So Yeon Ryu (E through 3)
-9 Azahara Munoz (-2 through 4), Inbee Park (-1 through 2)
-8 Karine Icher (-2 through 5), Carlota Ciganda (-2 through 4), Anna Nordqvist (+1 through 3), Pornanong Phatlum (+1 through 3)
-7 Amy Yang (-1 through 5), Suzann Pettersen (+1 through 2), Lizette Salas (+1 through 2)

Wonder why Inbee’s not yet updated, or Suzann?]

[Update 6 (12:09 pm):  Ah, here we go:

-13 Lexi Thompson (E through 2)
-12 Stacy Lewis (-1 through 2)
-11 In-Kyung Kim (+1 through 2)
-10 Inbee Park (-2 through 4), So Yeon Ryu (E through 3)
-9 Azahara Munoz (-2 through 4)
-8 Karine Icher (-2 through 5), Carlota Ciganda (-2 through 4), Suzann Pettersen (E through 4), Lizette Salas (E through 4), Anna Nordqvist (+1 through 3), Pornanong Phatlum (+1 through 3)
-7 Amy Yang (-1 through 5)

But now I heard Ciganda birdied 6!]

[Update 7 (12:12 pm):  Michelle Wie doubled 1 but just went birdie-eagle on 4 and 5 to get to -8 for the week!]

[Update 8 (12:15 pm):  Karine Icher has birdied 3 of her 1st 6 holes to climb to -9.]

[Update 9 (12:22 pm):  Oh, LPGA.com had Ciganda with a bogey on 6 to drop back to -7 for the week.]

[Update 10 (12:26 pm):  Nice little move by Chella Choi on the front, a 4-birdie 33 to get to -5 for the week.  Meanwhile, Paula Creamer is -4 through 10, but yesterday’s 77 means she’s only -2 for the week.]

[Update 11 (12:29 pm):  Pettersen just birdied 6 to get to -9.]

[Update 12 (12:48 pm):  Time for another leaderboard check:

-13 Lexi Thompson (E through 5)
-12 Stacy Lewis (-1 through 5)
-11 In-Kyung Kim (+1 through 5)
-10 Inbee Park (-2 through 6), So Yeon Ryu (E through 5)
-9 Karine Icher (-3 through 8), Azahara Munoz (-2 through 7), Suzann Pettersen (-1 through 6)
-8 Amy Yang (-2 through 8), Anna Nordqvist (+1 through 5), Pornanong Phatlum (+1 through 5)
-7 Carlota Ciganda (-1 through 7), Michelle Wie (E through 7), Lizette Salas (+1 through 6)

Chella Choi is now -6 (-4 through 10).]

[Update 13 (12:49 pm):  Add Choi to the group at -7.  She’s now -5 today through 11!]

[Update 14 (12:54 pm):  Lots of movement lower down the leaderboard, but little at the very top thus far today.  Angela Stanford has birdied her last 3 holes in a row and 4 of her last 5 to move to -4 through 12.  Jenny Shin has birdied 3 of her 1st 10 holes to move to -6 for the week. Caroline Hedwall is -3 through 11 and -4 overall.  Sandra Gal opened with a bogey-free 33 and is still -3 through 13.]

[Update 15 (12:56 pm):  Icher and Choi the only players among the lead chase pack to play the opening 6 holes really well.  Choi’s on a 4-hole-and-counting birdie train, so things might heat up as the leaders approach the turn.]

[Update 16 (12:58 pm):   Not what Inky wanted.  She bogeyed 6 to fall back to -10.]

[Update 17 (1:18 pm):  Lexi birdied 7 to open up a 2-shot lead on Lewis!]

[Update 18 (1:21 pm):  Jenny Shin now -4 through 11 today; -7 overall.]

[Update 19 (1:22 pm):  Ilhee Lee -3 through 11; -6 overall.  Another sign the leaders should start making more birdies?]

[Update 20 (1:23 pm):  On cue, Stacy birdies 8 to get to -13 and In-Kyung does the same to return to -11.]

[Update 21 (1:25 pm):  Anna Nordqvist +3 through 1st 7, -6 overall.  Ouch!]

[Update 22 (1:26 pm):  Amy Yang joins Karine Icher at -3 through 11, -9 overall.  They’ll need huge moves to chase down Lexi.]

[Update 23 (1:29 pm):   Here’s where they stand as the leaders approach the turn:

-14 Lexi Thompson (-1 through 8)
-13 Stacy Lewis (-2 through 8)
-11 In-Kyung Kim (+1 through 8)
-10 Inbee Park (-2 through 9), So Yeon Ryu (E through 8)
-9 Amy Yang (-3 through 11), Karine Icher (-3 through 11), Azahara Munoz (-2 through 9), Suzann Pettersen (-1 through 9)

Narrowing down the leaderboard to those within 5 of Lexi.]

[Update 24 (1:42 pm):  Some big changes in the last dozen minutes or so:

-15 Lexi Thompson (-2 through 9)
-13 Stacy Lewis (-2 through 9)
-11 In-Kyung Kim (+1 through 9)
-10 Amy Yang (-4 through 12), Azahara Munoz (-3 through 10), Suzann Pettersen (-2 through 10), Inbee Park (-2 through 10), So Yeon Ryu (E through 9)
-9 Michelle Wie (-2 through 10)

Whoa!]

[Update 25 (1:44 pm):  Too bad for Chella Choi!  She doubled 13 but did bounce back with a birdie on 14 to return to -6 for the week.]

[Update 26 (1:47 pm):  Got some good rounds going today:  Stanford, Shin, Choi, and Yang at -4 thus far.  But nothing great–yet.]

[Update 27 (1:50 pm):  Ryu birdies 10 to get to -11; Phatlum birdies it to get to -9.]

[Update 28 (1:57 pm):  Lexi and Stacy trade birdies at 10 to move to -16 and -14, respectively.  Can anyone else keep pace with them on the back?]

[Update 29 (2:00 pm):  Here’s the latest leaderboard:

-16 Lexi Thompson (-3 through 10)
-14 Stacy Lewis (-3 through 10)
-11 So Yeon Ryu (-1 through 10), In-Kyung Kim (+1 through 10)

Very few within 5 of the lead now!]

[Update 30 (2:05 pm):  Inbee birdies the 12th to join Ryu and Kim at -11.]

[Update 31 (2:09 pm):  Now Ilhee Lee and Jenny Shin both -4 through 15, -7 overall.]

[Update 32 (4:07 pm):  Wow, you step away from the computer for a couple of hours and you miss everything!  Congrats to Lexi Thompson for coming back on Stacy Lewis down the stretch.  Stacy caught Lexi with her 3rd birdie in a row on the back, which gave her a 1-shot lead with 4 holes to go, but a Lewis bogey on 17 and a Thompson birdie gave the teenager her 3rd career LPGA victory.]

[Update 33 (4:12 pm):  Congrats to So Yeon Ryu on her solo 3rd and to Inbee Park on her solo 4th finish.  Looks like Inbee has clinched POY, with Suzann Pettersen finishing 1 shot behind her.  Great finish by Chella Choi, who got the low round of the day, as well as by Anna Nordqvist who made 3 birdies in her last 6 holes after suffering a horrific +4 start over her 1st 10 holes.  Also happy to see Ai Miyazato fight back from 2 early bogeys to get under par for the day and finish at -3, T21.  Not a great week for her, but some signs of hope for next week….]

[Update 34 (4:15 pm):  Catching up on my twitter feed, it looks like there was quite some drama on 18.  Stacy and Lexi were both about 5 feet away for birdie and needed to call an official in to determine who would putt first.  Lexi was ruled to be away and made hers; Stacy couldn’t respond.  Let’s hope something gets on youtube at least!]

[Update 35 (4:18 pm):  Man, Pettersen finished with 2 bogeys and 2 birdies.  Will make it that much tougher to beat Stacy out for that Vare Trophy/Hall of Fame point.]

[Update 36 (4:21 pm):  Nice finishes for Lizette Salas (5 birdies on back after bad start) and Michelle Wie (who ended up tied with Salas, Yang, Munoz, and Kim at -9 after doubling the 1st).]

[Update 37 (4:45 pm):  Can’t wait for the LPGA to upload video highlights at http://www.lpga.com/videos/golf-videos.aspx!]

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