Nov
23
2009
LPGA Tour Championship: Rain, Rain, Go Delay
By Stephanie Wei under General

It’s almost fitting that the beleaguered LPGA can’t end a season without some sort of complication. Plagued by stormy conditions and delays, the LPGA was forced to reduce the LPGA Tour Championship to 54 holes and push the finish to Monday.

The ladies spent most of Friday and Saturday in the locker room waiting for the rain to let up. Lots of waiting. Lots of naps. Lots of card games.

The skies finally cleared on Sunday and second round play resumed. 35 players have yet to finish their second round as play was once again suspended because of darkness. They’ll finish on Monday morning at 7. Then, the top 70 will tee off for the final round starting approximately at 9. Hopefully.

Kristy McPherson, who got the “good” side of the draw, is the leader in the clubhouse at 8-under. Rookie of the Year Jiyai Shin trails by one through 34 holes. Lorena Ochoa follows closely at 6-under through 33 holes.

Shin and Ochoa are also battling it out for Player of the Year honors and the Vare Trophy, awarded to the player with the season’s lowest scoring average. Shin is leading the POY race over Ochoa by six points. For Ochoa to clinch her fourth consecutive POY title, she has to win or finish no worse than third and pray for Shin to place outside the top-ten. The way things are looking, Shin will be the first player since Nancy Lopez in 1978 to take home both Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year honors. Scintillating!

All will be decided before dusk on Monday. But given the way the Tour’s year has gone so far, don’t be surprised if a tornado drops down and demolishes Houstonian Golf & Country Club.

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