Maria Hjorth won her first LPGA tournament in eight years, but during that span she won twice on the LET – both of them at the Ladies English Open, which she won back-to-back in 2004 and 2005. Hjorth hasn’t been one of my favorites – no dislike of her either, just another player on Tour to me. We got to see her emotional side during Rosie Jones’ interview and that nearly always wins me over to a player. Even though I was rooting for Stacy Prammanasudh, I ended up being very happy for Maria.
What a crushing Sunday for Virada Nirapathpongporn – she started the day at -9 with a Top 10 (or better) in sight and proceeded to bogey her first seven holes and shoot 82. The T30 finish helps her money list standing a bit, but she was on target to challenge the Top 90. “Whatever does not kill me, makes me stronger” – I hope NP3 has that thought in mind this morning.
Sherri Turner earned $13,125 for her T22 and is now a lock to make the Top 90. Minea Blomqvist picked up $8713 for her T30 to greatly improve her chances. Dina Ammaccapane moved up $2330 which puts her right on the estimated cut line. I’ll update the status of everyone on the bubble in the next day or so.
When is the LPGA going to officially announce that Angela Park is the 2007 Rookie of the Year? By my reckoning she clinched it when the Arkansas event got washed out. Angela shot 63 Sunday to finish tied for third – her sixth Top 10 of the year and her fourth Top 5.
Teresa Lu receives this week’s Big Surprise Award. She finished tied for ninth for her second Top 10 of the year. Shout-outs go to Eva Dahllof (T11) and Lisa Fernandes (T13). Ai Miyazato certainly had a miserable week but the Big Disappointment goes to Laura Diaz, who missed the cut after I had her pegged for a Top 5 finish. Dishonorable mention to Brittany Lincicome for also missing the cut.
One More Thing: The average score at Navistar was 73.375, virtually the same as the 2007 season average. Through this time last year the average was 72.964, so 2007 is now 0.408 strokes per round higher than 2006. It's the schedule change, I'm tellin' ya!