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Saturday, October 20, 2012

OK, This Is Your Spoiler Alert...

Since I'm writing about the LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship. After all, the second round won't be shown until 7:30pm ET Saturday night.

However, I'm writing this around 1am ET on Friday night... and the leaders are nearing the end of the second round. So if you don't want to know what's happening, you might want to read this post later today.

Although this event -- the second in the 6-week stretch that ends the LPGA season -- is in South Korea, the Korean players aren't dominating the leaderboard the way they have most of the year. Don't get me wrong, they definitely have a presence there, just not in the overwhelming numbers we've gotten used to. I'll come back to this in a minute.

The Americans aren't showing so well thus far. Several of the big names (like Paula Creamer) aren't there, but the ones that showed aren't playing particularly well. For example, Stacy Lewis is +2, 11 off the lead as I write this. Lexi Thompson is the only US player currently in the Top10 -- she's T5 with 3 other players at -5.

As for the ladies at the top...

Suzann Pettersen was the leader after the first round, shooting -9 for a one-shot lead over Karin Sjodin. (You remember her -- she's the Swede who smiles more than just about any other player on tour.) Well, they're still on top although they aren't shooting light's-out this round. They're tied for the lead at -9, with Sjodin one-under for the day and Pettersen even. (Suzann did pop up to -10 for a hole or two before dropping back.)

South Korean player So Yeon Ryu had it to -9 but she's at -8 (two-under for the day) right now. She finished in solo fifth last week in Malaysia, so she may be making a good run during this Asian swing. I'm actually surprised she only won once this year, although she's locked up the Rookie of the Year title with her consistency.

The other South Korean at the top of the leaderboard, in solo fourth at -7, is Se Ri Pak. She just finished her round.

After that there's a two-shot gap to the T5s and four more players at -4. US player Danielle Kang posted at -3.

Personally my money's on So Yeon Ryu to take this one, although Pak and Pettersen are certainly capable. (Sjodin is as well, but she's trying to get her first win. That could make it tough for her.) Ryu just seems to be playing more aggressively without making a lot of bogeys.

This is only a 3-round event, so we'll know something late today. You can check the leaderboard later if you want to spoil those results as well. ;-)

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