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Sunday, August 12, 2012

In SC It's Stormy, in Ohio It's... the KLPGA

While the men got rained out at the PGA Championship in South Carolina, the ladies up in Ohio at the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic had no problem playing at all.

It just looks like they got their tours mixed up. There are 4 players tied for the lead... and they're all Korean. I.K. Kim, Jiyai Shin, Hee Kyung Seo, and So Yeon Ryu are at -11. That's some pretty serious firepower for the rest of the field to overcome.

But it doesn't stop there. Oh no. Of the 3 players tied one stroke back -- and a couple of strokes ahead of the rest of the field -- Inbee Park and Chella Choi are also Korean. Only poor little Mika Miyazato isn't... and she's Japanese.

I'm sensing a definite Asian summer in Ohio.

Perhaps this isn't a surprise. After all, Se Ri Pak has won the Farr Classic 5 separate times, so Toledo is familiar ground for the Korean players. Still, it surprises me that a number of big name players didn't even make the cut -- Yani Tseng (still on the slide), Ai Miyazato, Morgan Pressel, Michelle Wie, and Azahara Munoz, just to name a few. And the bigger names who made the cut -- at least, the ones who aren't Korean -- probably won't be a factor today.

It looks like the ladies will have a sprint to the finish today. I suspect the Koreans will have much better results here than they did at the Olympics. (In case you didn't hear, they just missed medals in both volleyball and handball Saturday.)

As for the men... well, here are the standings for my "5 to Watch" (3rd round still in progress):
  • Keegan Bradley: T21 (+1 thru 16 holes)
  • Louis Oosthuizen: T35 (+3, round complete)
  • Thorbjorn Olesen: T43 (+4, round complete)
  • Luke Donald: T65 (+8, round complete)
  • Rory McIlroy: T1 (-6 thru 9 holes)
Of course, Rory (after 9 holes) and Vijay (after 7 holes) are tied for the lead, with Adam Scott (after 9 holes) a single shot back. Nice rebound for Adam there, and it certainly sets up today for quite a shootout.

However, unless Sang Moon Bae (+8) makes a record-breaking run today, I don't think the Korean men will match the ladies this week.

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