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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Gerina with a Chance

Last week Gerina Piller and her husband Martin were both in contention for their first 'big tour' wins -- Gerina at the Swinging Skirts, Martin at Valero. And despite playing in heavy wind and shooting 73 (still tied for best final round score in the Top5 finishers), Gerina won bragging rights with a T3.

This week Gerina holds a 54-hole lead for only the second time in her LPGA career. After a 4-under 67 she's two shots ahead at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, and she sounds pretty confident.

Gerina Piller

After the round she told
“I felt like I gave myself opportunities. Had some great shots, just couldn’t get some putts to fall. These greens are pretty tricky and they have a lot of slope to them so you definitely have to give them respect. But I don’t feel like I kind of like barely got by with eight pars, I felt like I could have been a lot lower. So definitely a lot of confidence going into tomorrow.”
Gerina made it clear that she considered last week a success, that she just wasn't good enough but she still played well. She says she just needs to hit fairways and greens, and make putts -- all of which she's done very well this week.

And she'll need to play well if she hopes to win. Amy Yang, tied for second and just two strokes back, is only one shot out of contention for that final spot on both the South Korean Olympic and International Crown teams... and she's made no secret of her desire to go to Rio.

Mi Jung Hur is also two shots back, while Jenny Shin and Sei Young Kim are four back. If Gerina stumbles at all, there's enough firepower among the four chasers to take this win away from her.

After the second cut on Saturday -- that's part of the shootout format -- there are only 53 players left that Gerina has to beat. And if she continues to play today as she has played all week, she's got a great chance to hoist her first LPGA trophy.

Perhaps more importantly, Martin missed the cut at the rain-plagued Zurich Classic. And if this commercial is any indication, a win today may have some extra importance:

Remember, GC's coverage starts today at 3pm ET.


  1. Ummm, that would 4-under-par-67: Las Colinas CC is a par 71 track.

    1. My mistake, IC -- I misread the scorecard. Thanks!