Welcome back, JLPGA! And what a return it was in the second round of the 2012 Daikin Orchid Ladies as rookie Airi Saito announced herself to the tour with an 8-birdie, no bogey 8-under 64 to grab the lead at 10-under overall. Airi’s 8-under included birdies on all 4 par 5s. She also absolutely torched the back 9 with a 6-under 30 coming in. However, for all her brilliance, 2 shots behind is 2008 US Women’s Open champion, Inbee Park. Queen Bee is also the defending Daikin Orchid Ladies champion and a 3 time JLPGA winner. Can the tour rookie hold off a player with more experience coming down the stretch?
Here’s a pre-tournament interview from Shinobu Moromizato for those of you who can understand Japanese…or are just a fan or Shinobu (like I am!).