Fashion Queen vs. Final Round Queen; Sandra Gal and Jiyai Shin Separate Themselves From The Field At 2011 KIA Classic

Sandra Gal

Golf is not like tennis, where your competition actively plays against you, hitting back shots you try to get past them. However, when two golfers separate themselves from the field going into a tournament’s final round, as Jiyai Shin and Sandra Gal have at the 2011 KIA Classic, there is an air of wild west high noon duel that envelops the final pairing. Sandra Gal is looking for her first LPGA win. In fact, she has never finished higher than fifth and never been in a final pairing. She matched Jiyai Shin’s score for the day with a 3-under 70 on the par 73 Industry Hills course. Gal was actually leading at the turn with two front side birdies, while an uncharacteristically tentative Shin bogeyed #2 and was even going out. But Shin righted the ship coming in, birdying 10, 11, 15 and 17. But she hit a bad hook on 18 which ultimately led to a finishing hole bogey, making her lead over Gal slim at only 1 shot.

Jiyai Shin

Normally, I would take Shin over almost anybody in a final round, maybe only Tseng would give me pause. But this week, Gal has been putting pretty consistently while Jiyai was on fire Friday, but has had a few unusual (for her) errors, like the hook on 18. I also don’t want to make the mistake of underestimating Gal because of her off course activities. She may have done some modeling, but she is a serious golfer. She can win this event if she stays focused on playing the course. So will it be Gal or Shin on Sunday? Maybe neither. If they get too caught up in their battle, Na Yeon Choi and her brand new putter will be happy to get hot and pass by both of them.

POS START CNTRY PLAYER TO PAR THRU TODAY R1 R2 R3 R4 TOTAL
1 1 KOR SHIN, Jiyai -15 1:20 PM 70 64 70 204
2 2 DEU GAL, Sandra -14 1:20 PM 67 68 70 205
3 3 KOR CHOI, Na Yeon -9 1:12 PM 73 72 65 210
4 4 KOR KIM, I.K. -8 1:12 PM 70 69 72 211
5 5 SWE NORDQVIST, Anna -7 1:04 PM 71 70 71 212
T6 T6 USA KIM, Mindy -6 1:04 PM 74 66 73 213
T6 T6 USA BLUMENHERST, Amanda -6 12:48 PM 66 74 73 213
T8 T8 USA INKSTER, Juli -5 12:48 PM 75 70 69 214
T8 T8 ESP RECARI, Beatriz -5 12:40 PM 72 73 69 214
T8 T8 USA WIE, Michelle -5 12:40 PM 68 75 71 214
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T8 T8 USA MACKENZIE, Paige -5 12:32 PM 71 71 72 214
T12 T12 USA KERR, Cristie -4 12:32 PM 74 70 71 215
T12 T12 KOR CHOI, Chella -4 12:24 PM 72 68 75 215
T14 T14 USA FUTCHER, Katie -3 12:24 PM 76 70 70 216
T14 T14 USA MCPHERSON, Kristy -3 12:16 PM 72 73 71 216
T14 T14 NOR PETTERSEN, Suzann -3 12:16 PM 72 73 71 216
T14 T14 USA HURST, Pat -3 12:08 PM 73 71 72 216
T14 T14 TPE TSENG, Yani -3 12:08 PM 71 73 72 216
T19 T19 USA LINDLEY, Leta -2 12:00 PM 74 72 71 217
T19 T19 CAN SHERLOCK, Stephanie -2 12:00 PM 77 71 69 217
T19 T19 USA FRANCELLA, Meaghan -2 11:52 AM 72 74 71 217
T19 T19 KOR PARK, Inbee -2 11:52 AM 71 75 71 217
T19 T19 SWE GUSTAFSON, Sophie -2 11:44 AM 72 73 72 217
T19 T19 JPN MIYAZATO, Mika -2 11:44 AM 70 73 74 217
T25 T25 SWE LINDBERG, Pernilla -1 11:28 AM 72 75 71 218
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T25 T25 USA RANKIN, Reilley -1 11:28 AM 70 76 72 218
T25 T25 KOR KIM, Song-Hee -1 11:20 AM 76 69 73 218
T25 T25 USA LEWIS, Stacy -1 11:20 AM 72 73 73 218
T25 T25 USA DUNN, Moira -1 11:12 AM 74 70 74 218
T25 T25 CHN FENG, Shanshan -1 11:12 AM 72 73 73 218
T25 T25 JPN MIYAZATO, Ai -1 11:04 AM 72 72 74 218
T25 T25 KOR YOO, Sun Young -1 11:04 AM 71 70 77 218
T33 T33 USA BORDNER, Danah E 10:56 AM 73 74 72 219
T33 T33 JPN UEDA, Momoko E 10:56 AM 74 73 72 219
T33 T33 NLD BOELJON, Christel E 10:48 AM 75 71 73 219
T33 T33 USA PRESSEL, Morgan E 10:48 AM 75 71 73 219
T33 T33 USA HARIGAE, Mina E 10:40 AM 73 73 73 219
T33 T33 USA HART, Marcy E 10:40 AM 73 73 73 219
T33 T33 USA PARK, Jane E 10:32 AM 71 75 73 219
T33 T33 THA PHATLUM, Pornanong E 10:32 AM 73 72 74 219
T41 T41 USA LINCICOME, Brittany +1 10:24 AM 73 74 73 220
T41 T41 GBR MORGAN, Becky +1 10:24 AM 75 72 73 220
T41 T41 AUS HULL, Katherine +1 10:08 AM 73 71 76 220
T41 T41 USA PRAMMANASUDH, Stacy +1 10:08 AM 72 72 76 220
T41 T41 TPE HUNG, Amy +1 10:00 AM 70 74 76 220
T41 T41 GBR MATTHEW, Catriona +1 10:00 AM 70 73 77 220
T47 T47 USA CREAMER, Paula +2 9:52 AM 74 74 73 221
T47 T47 ESP MUNOZ, Azahara +2 9:52 AM 75 72 74 221
T47 T47 ZAF PACE, Lee-Anne +2 9:44 AM 77 69 75 221
T47 T47 KOR *YANG, Julie +2 9:44 AM 73 74 74 221
T47 T47 SWE HJORTH, Maria +2 9:36 AM 74 72 75 221
T47 T47 USA STANFORD, Angela +2 9:36 AM 74 71 76 221
T47 T47 KOR YANG, Amy +2 9:28 AM 73 72 76 221
T54 T54 KOR BAE, Kyeong +3 9:28 AM 76 72 74 222
T54 T54 ITA CAVALLERI, Silvia +3 9:20 AM 75 72 75 222
T54 T54 USA TAMULIS, Kris +3 9:20 AM 74 73 75 222
T57 T57 CAN KANE, Lorie +4 9:12 AM 73 75 75 223
T57 T57 KOR SONG, Aree +4 9:12 AM 78 70 75 223
T57 T57 KOR KANG, Jimin +4 9:04 AM 73 75 75 223
T57 T57 TPE KUNG, Candie +4 9:04 AM 73 75 75 223
T57 T57 KOR OH, Ji Young +4 8:56 AM 76 69 78 223
T57 T57 KOR PARK, Hee Young +4 8:56 AM 77 70 76 223
T63 T63 KOR LEE, Sarah +5 8:48 AM 76 72 76 224
T63 T63 USA LOUDEN, Stephanie +5 8:48 AM 73 75 76 224
T63 T63 USA FOUCH, Allison +5 8:40 AM 75 72 77 224
T63 T63 USA REDMAN, Michele +5 8:40 AM 76 71 77 224
T63 T63 USA KIM, Christina +5 8:32 AM 71 76 77 224
T68 T68 AUS SMITH, Sarah Jane +6 8:32 AM 80 68 77 225
T68 T68 USA BOWIE YOUNG, Heather +6 8:24 AM 75 73 77 225
T68 T68 AUS WEBB, Karrie +6 8:24 AM 72 76 77 225
71 71 KOR HUR, M.J. +7 8:16 AM 74 73 79 226

 

SANDRA GAL

JIYAI SHIN

MICHELLE WIE

MORGAN PRESSEL

IN-KYUNG KIM

NA YEON CHOI

MINDY KIM

ANNA NORDQVIST

PAIGE MACKENZIE

CHELLA CHOI

YANI TSENG

AMANDA BLUMENHERST

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