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Saturday, November 7, 2015

An LPGA Update from Japan

Since this week's LPGA event, the Toto Japan Classic, isn't being carried by GC I thought I'd try and bring you up-to-date on what's been happening there. The second round isn't finished yet and I don't know if it will finish before I get this post ready, but I'll try to make it as current as I can.

Angela Stanford and Ryann O'Toole

As you may have heard, Jessica Korda, So Yeon Ryu, Azahara Munoz and Beatriz Recari were in Bali for the Lexus Cup early in the week and got stranded there when a volcanic eruption forced the airports to close. Officials at the Toto tried to help by giving Munoz and Recari -- who were also scheduled to play in Japan -- the last tee times on Friday, but they were forced to WD anyway.

After the first round of this 54-hole event, Angela Stanford and Ryann O'Toole (pictured above) held the lead at -7 while Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson were just two shots back. However, conditions are calm and second round scores are really low. Despite being -11 and -10 respectively after 14 holes (-4 and -3 on the day), Stanford and O'Toole are now chasing. Pornanong Phatlum sits at -12, having shot -7 in her first 16 holes. Lexi and Stacy are at -9 and -8 after 17 holes so they also have some work to do.

Sunday's round is supposed to see a bit more wind -- 9mph according to's prediction for Shima in the Mie Prefecture of Japan -- with a brief chance of rain. But with an expected temperature of 68°F (20°C) and 94% humidity, scoring conditions may be tougher -- something Stacy Lewis has been wishing for.

Although GC isn't carrying the event you can still check the updated leaderboard on at this link. A lot of players are going REALLY low in the second round, so the potential for a real shootout on Sunday is definitely there.

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