Saturday, August 19, 2006

Safeway Classic - 2nd Round

It’s a free-for-all! No fewer than 37 players are within five shots of the lead going into the final round of the Safeway Classic. The foursome tied at -7 are Jenna Daniels, Jeong Jang, Morgan Pressel, and Candie Kung. Six players are at -6 – Juli Inkster, Christina Kim, Pat Hurst and Hee-Won Han among them. You may as well draw a name out of a hat as try to pick who the winner will be.

First-round leader Jee Young Lee was cruising along at -10 through 11 holes. Then she dropped six shots in the next six holes and had to birdie her last to finish at -5. Perhaps her nickname should be “Streaky”. Continuing with the wacky theme of this tournament, the low round today was the 64 carded by Michelle Ellis – paired with her first-round 78, she is one of the aforementioned 37 (just barely) who are within five of the lead.

The cut came at +2 and did not claim any real surprises. Except maybe for Big Break winner Ashley Prange, who "surprised" all four TGC announcers by missing the cut….by a mere 8 shots. Karrie Webb avoided that fate with a 70 to put herself at +1, but she won’t be extending my one-week streak of picking winners. At least my CYA picks (Jang and Hurst) are in the thick of it. Diana Ramage shot a 76 but her even-par total made the cut for the first time in her career. Defending champ Soo-Yun Kang withdrew before the round started.

You think they might have to have a playoff to decide this one?

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