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So Yeon Ryu’s 31 and Lydia Ko’s 33 on the front 9 at the Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters helped vault them past world #1 Inbee Park, who followed up yesterday’s 63 with a 76 today in Taiwan that included a double on the par-5 5th. When all the dust had settled, Ryu had the lead at -9, Ko was 1 shot behind her, and Park was 4 shots behind her.
Catriona Matthew had an even bigger swing, going from -7 yesterday to +7 today, which allowed the JLPGA’s Lala Anai (71, -4), the LPGA’s Na Yeon Choi (74, -3), Korea’s Kyu Jung Baek (72, -3) and Soo Hwa Jang (73, -1), and Germany’s Sandra Gal (76, -1) to pass her–and Sei Young Kim (70) and So Young Lee (74) to catch her at E. Matthew made 2 doubles in her round, while Gal tripled the par-4 9th. KLPGA money-list leader and Player of the Year Ha Na Jang would have been among those passing Matthew, but she, too, took a big number, this time a double on the par-5 18th, to drop to +1 at the halfway point, tied with her rival and KLPGA Rookie of the Year Hyo Joo Kim (73).
It was no prettier for the rest of the field. Paula Creamer eagled the par-5 2nd but bogeyed 4 of her last 10 holes to drop back to +2 for the week, tied with Ya Ni Tseng, who made 2 doubles on her way to a disappointing 78. But she shouldn’t be too disappointed, as most of the big names had big problems today and thus far this week: Caroline Hedwall (78, +3), Ji-Yai Shin (77, +3), Chella Choi (75, +3), Ha Neul Kim (76, +4), Jessica Korda (73, +4), Anna Nordqvist (78, +5), Hee Young Park (77, +6), Bo-Mee Lee (77, +6), Shin Ae Ahn (77, +6), In-Kyung Kim (73, +6), Teresa Lu (78, +8), Beatriz Recari (78, +9), Belen Mozo (77, +8), Ayako Uehara (78, +9), Brittany Lincicome (74, +9). Ouch!
It looks like it was just one of those (very very windy) days for 98% of the field (the JLPGA’s Natsuka Hori, who admittedly had been having a tough 2nd half of the season but still finished in the top 10 on their money list, shot an 88–and it wasn’t even the worst score of the day!). Which makes what Ryu and Ko did today even more impressive. Ryu’s 67 and Ko’s 68 were the only sub-70 rounds of the day; only 4 other golfers even got under par. And we’re talking some of the best of the LPGA, JLPGA, KLPGA, and LET!
Ah, well, there’s always tomorrow!