Lorena Ochoa Invitational Sunday: And the Winner Is….


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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.

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