After Friday's round, it doesn't look so bad anymore.
All Lydia did during the second round at the CME Group Tour Championship was shoot a 10-under 62. That tied her best round ever as a professional, set a new course record at Tiburon, and vaulted her into the lead. As best I can tell, she was four shots better than anyone else on the course. That round put her three shots ahead of her closest pursuers, So Yeon Ryu and Ryann O'Toole.
And if she can hold that lead, she'll win the tournament, the Race to the CME Globe, Rolex Player of the Year and probably the Vare Trophy (aka the scoring title).
I'm not saying this tournament is over. Oh no, far from it. This event is filled with champions, all of whom are capable of matching Lydia's round and making up enough ground to contend on Sunday. Just to name a few:
- Sei Young Kim is only four back, as is Beatriz Recari.
- In Gee Chun set the best-ever major score earlier this year at -21, and she's just five back.
- And there's a whole slew of women just six back, led by Suzann Pettersen and defending champ Cristie Kerr.
And if you ask me, Lydia doesn't look to be in a helpful mood.