For those of you who missed it, let me summarize the golf that the field managed to finish.
Yes, the heavy winds that were predicted came in, so there was no late coverage of the ANA on GC. Just before 6pm ET, balls began to move on the greens, one of the small billboards around the course blew out of the ground, and the local airport measured gusts of 65mph. It was too dangerous for the fans, let alone the golfers, so play was suspended. They'll start over early this morning.
Of the five players I picked earlier in the week, only In Gee Chun isn't within three strokes of the lead. That's because she is in the late-early draw and played in the worst of the wind. Judy Rankin noted that since play had to be suspended fairly early during the afternoon round, it evened out the draw somewhat. Chun is even after seven holes, so she still has time to make up some of the ground.
Michelle -- who is only one stroke off the -5 lead held by Karine Icher -- made only one bogey and her putting looked very solid. She was paired with Lucy Li, who managed a -1 round herself. Not bad for a 14-year-old amateur on a long course! It should be noted that she qualified for the tournament by winning the ANA Jr. Inspiration, and she shot even par when she played the Dinah Shore course in that event.
Fellow amateur Eun Jeong Seong made a hole-in-one on the par-3 5th and finished at -4, in the group tied one off the lead.
As for my picks besides Michelle:
- So Yeon Ryu (my pick to win) is tied with Michelle at -4.
- Anna Nordqvist and HaNa Jang are tied at -2.
While I'm excited to see Michelle playing well in a major again, the big show today will probably be Lucy Li. When she played the 2014 US Women's Open at age 11 -- ironically, the major her playing partner won -- she missed the cut. (I think she shot 78-78, but don't quote me on that.) She has a realistic chance to make her first cut in a major today, and that will almost certainly be the biggest story for GC when Friday is done. Can Lucy do it?