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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Meanwhile, Back in China...

What with the Presidents Cup moving to NBC today -- and Sammy the Squirrel moving into his new condo in the woods off of the 2nd hole at Muirfield -- the new LPGA event will finally get some airtime on GC.

The inaugural Reignwood LPGA Classic in Beijing, China will probably have finished its third round by the time you read this, and that third round will be tape-delayed for broadcast later today. In the meantime, let me bring you up-to-speed on what has been happening.

The Reignwood Pine Valley Golf Club is 6596 yards long and is a par-73 course, which should help you understand why the scores look a bit odd. (I know I was confused when I saw So Yeon Ryu at -6 with scores of 71-69.)

On Thursday, Na Yeon Choi and Jessica Korda both shot 64 to take the first round lead. They were 4 shots ahead of Stacy Lewis, Hee Kyung Seo, and Hee Young Park. Shanshan Feng, the first Chinese player to win a major (the 2012 Wegmans LPGA Championship, in case you've forgotten) shot 70 and was 6 shots back.

On Friday Korda (now -14) posted a 68 to take a 2-shot lead over Stacy Lewis and -- guess who? -- Shanshan Feng, who shot her own 64. Na Yeon Choi slipped back a bit, to -11, and Inbee Park moved up to -9. Remember that Park and Lewis are battling Suzann Pettersen for several of the LPGA's yearly awards, so this is pretty important for them.

Jessica Korda

As I'm writing this, the third round -- which you'll see later today -- has started and all but 9 of the leaders have teed off. This looks like it's going to be a pretty good tournament, so you might want to switch off NBC's coverage of the Presidents Cup briefly and check out the action. (For what it's worth, I suspect the Presidents Cup will be running long again today since there are 2 sessions being played and there's more weather expected. Even if you watch some of the LPGA, there should still be plenty of Presidents Cup coverage to watch.)

GC says they're going to broadcast the LPGA event from 3pm-5pm ET this afternoon if you're interested. And the photo came from this page at

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