What GC got may not have been what they expected, but it was pretty cool all the same.
In the first two holes Ko went double-bogey, bogey to fall 4 strokes behind Shin, who went birdie-par. By the end of five holes Ko had added 2 birdies and Shin a bogey, leaving them separated by a single stroke. Those two would go back and forth for the remainder of the round.
The unexpected came from Yani Tseng, who started the day 8 strokes back and made things worse by starting her round with a bogey. She then mounted a charge, shooting birdie-birdie-birdie-par-eagle in her next 5 holes and adding 3 more birdies on the back nine. She posted -7 on the day, finishing at -16.
In the end, Lydia just couldn't get back the form that set a course record -10 in the first round. She struggled with bogeys the rest of the day while Shin popped in birdies at 14 and 15 to reach -18.
Shin won at -18, while Yani blew everyone away with a runner-up finish at -16 and Lydia managed a solo third at -14. Still, GC must be pretty excited. They took a gamble on a historic finish and ended up with an exciting battle between two legends and a legend-to-be. Plus we learned a few other things:
- Jiyai Shin showed that she's finally healthy again and ready to play.
- Yani Tseng proved that she's not ready to give up that #1 position without a fight.
- And while Lydia Ko didn't make the history most folks expected, she's now won 3 of 13 professional starts. That's pretty heady stuff for a 15-year-old amateur.
The photos came from the player profile pages at LPGA.com.