Saturday, January 19, 2008

World Cup of Golf - 2nd Round

Korea and the Philippines share the lead at -11 after two rounds at the Women's World Cup of Golf. Jennifer Rosales and Dorothy Delasin posted a 68, the low round of the day, while the Korean pair of Shin and Ji got in with a 72. Team Taiwan (Amy Hung/Yun-Jye Wei) is in third at -9 after firing a 69 with Canada in fourth at -7.

The soggy conditions and an hour-long weather delay combined to make scoring difficult. Of course scoring was going to be higher today anyway due to the different format. The teams were playing foursomes, alternating shots with one ball. Only three of the teams broke par, with the average score being 74.55. Two favored teams struggled - the U.S. team of Inkster/Hurst posted 76 (-3 overall) while the Swedish combo of Gustafson/Hjorth ballooned to 77 (-2).

Golf Channel's tape-delayed coverage begins at 1pm EST.

Post-TV Update: When Ji birdied 15, Korea led by five shots. Then at 17, her tee shot didn’t completely clear the creek which runs across the fairway. Shin tried to gouge it out of the hazard but only buried the ball in the mud. Ji took a drop and played their fourth to the right fringe of the green. Shin chipped about six feet past and Ji missed to complete the triple-bogey disaster.

The Philippines was six behind after a bogey at 13, but they birdied four of their last five (including the last three). Rosales’ putter was on fire over the back nine. The Korean mess at 17 brought no less than seven teams back to within six shots going into Sunday. With the format changing back to four-ball, it ought to be an entertaining final round.

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