At the time I'm writing this, the LPGA still has a few holes to play in the TOTO Japan Classic. But barring a major collapse, Shanshan Feng is about to win back-to-back tournaments for the first time in her career.
Shanshan has finished the 13th hole and is -3 for the round, -14 for the tournament. That puts her four shots ahead of So Yeon Ryu, Sun-Ju Ahn (the defending champ), HaNa Jang and Soo-Yun Kang. Ariya Jutanugarn, who was only one stroke back to start the round, is +2 for the day and now a full six shots back with five to play.
I wouldn't bet against Shanshan at this point. She was -3 for the last five holes in the second round, and par in the first round. It appears that the final stretch likes her!
As for the Jutanugarn/Ko battle for the Player of the Year, things couldn't go much better for Lydia. After two slow days that left her 1-over and down around 56th place, Ko has posted at -2 for the tournament. While that's not enough to get her any POY points, Ariya's +2 round has dropped her out of the Top10. If that holds, she won't get any POY points either... and that gives Lydia another chance to catch her next week.
Shanshan still has her four-stroke lead after 14 holes... and Ariya's lost another stroke. It appears that the POY race is still alive.
And that Shanshan's gonna make some personal history.