Inbee Park -15, Rolex Rankings No. 4
Cristie Kerr -13, Rolex Rankings No. 15
So Yeon Ryu -12, Rolex Rankings No. 9
Angela Stanford -11 (66, 67, 72) 4th
Michele Wie -8 (66, 75, 67) T6th Nice Comeback!!
Stacy Lewis -8 (66, 70, 71) T6th
Lorena Ochoa -3 (71, 72, 70) T19th
Tournament is Heating up
Inbee Park got off to a blazing start in her 3rd round with back-to-back birdies on the first two holes. She then went on to drop four more birdies including the par-5 18th final hole to finish with a sizzling 66. It looks like Park is hungry to win and gain some point on current Rolex Player of the Year front runner Stacy Lewis. Remember, Park must win the final two tournaments (this one and next weeks’) and have Lewis finish outside the top 8 in both. It is possible the way Park is playing, so nothing is out of reach.
If Park stays in front and plays lights out again, it will be her 3rd LPGA victory this year. She is heading into tomorrow with a two shot lead on American, Cristy Kerr.
“I’M LOCKED IN AND CAN’T GET OUT!!
Now here is something you don’t hear or read about every day!! Cristy Kerr found herself in a very difficult position and it wasn’t exactly on the course!!! Kerr, like any player needs to at times, had to use the bathroom on the course at the 5th hole. Unfortunately, once she was finished, she was unable to get out!!
“I got locked in the bathroom,” said Kerr with a laugh when asked about the delay. “I didn’t even lock the door but the door just jammed itself shut and I’m like kicking and kicking trying to open the door and it got locked. I got locked in the bathroom and the door wasn’t even locked, the door got jammed. They had to open it from the other side. I was making a lot of noise thinking they were teeing off.”
Now there is one for the books!!! I am simply impressed she kept it together to fire an impressive 67!!
Lorena Ochoa continues to hold her own and fired a nice 2 under 70 to remain tied for 19th. The fact that she is competing so well considering she is being pulled in multiple directions putting on a tournament…Well, hats off to you Lorena Ochoa
Locked, loaded and ready for the speech
Rookie So Yeon Ryu has already locked-up this year’s prestigious Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award and achieved her goal that she set before he year began.
“When I started the season my goal was Rookie of the Year and I have had success so I’m really, really happy,” said Ryu. “When I found out Rookie of the Year was already decided I was really relieved and I had so much fun. That is why I can enjoy this tournament more, that has really helped. Hopefully I can finish strongly tomorrow.”
As she contemplates what she will say, many things are going around in her head. “First of all I’m really worried that I’m not a native speaker,” said Ryu. “I think I have to really prepare it. Yesterday I was thinking about how many people I have to thank, it’s like 1,000 people. It’s really hard to prepare the speech but I’m really happy to prepare the speech. I think I should watch some of the Rookie of the Year players’ speeches like Hee Kyung Seo and Azaraha Munoz but it’s really hard to find it on YouTube.” Keep it real Ryu and be yourself.. and don’t forget to have fun…that is my simple advice.
Second round leader, Angela Stanford shot an even par 72 today and is only 4 shot back of the leader, Inbee Park. With one day left there are still 18 holes of intense, emotion provoking holes that can make or break any player!!! Let’s see where this one ends…it’s gonna be good!!!
‘Keep Smiling and Always Believe”
By Kate Hughes