believe she missed it
The first major of the 2012 LPGA season threw up some interesting stuff – a lot of it to do with mental challenges but some positives too.
Looking at the good stuff first, bar THAT putt I.K. Kim had a great tournament and showed herself to be at major level. She also showed class in post-tournament media conference, firstly turning up at all before running through what happened – putting it straight when it borrowed ever so slightly right.
Eventual winner Sun Young Yoo can take pride that she did actually win the tournament off her own bat. Yes, she was handed the opportunity but she grasped it and ran with it. Sinking a 15 foot putt for birdie on the difficult 18th in playoff is going after victory, not just accepting it. Then there’s the 69 she shot, including three birdies coming in. She is a worthy champion.
Good performances were seen in Sweden’s Karin Sjodin, her tied fourth her best ever result, Natalie Gulbis, healthy again after back surgery, shooting seven-under 65, the low round of the final day, and Stacy Lewis, herself with a surgically repaired back, putting up
Which brings us to those with some homework. Seo led by three at one point only to post four straight bogeys to end her chance.
The 2011 Rookie of the Year has now lost the 2011 U.S. Open in a playoff after missing a short putt at the penultimate hole, missed another short putt for victory on the 18th hole to fall into six-way playoff at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open earlier this year, and this. Her career is very young; when her self-belief matches her talent she will go far.
Yani Tseng went into this event seeking her sixth major, and her fourth win from six starts this season. Her lacklustre performance after leading into the final round, the ninth time in her last ten starts, suggested a tired mind. Or did she just try too hard?
Of the Aussies, Karrie Webb finished best of our girls, tied 15th, Katherine Hull tied 20th and Lindsey Wright’s playing renaissance continued.
Wright led after the first round with a sterling 67 and was right in the hunt until an unfortunate double bogey on the second day halted her momentum. She completed the tournament tied 43rd.