Sabtu, 27 Oktober 2012

Is It Better to Be Hot and Not Sticky?

Kuala Lumpur is hot AND sticky, so the leaders are stuck together so tight you can barely tell 'em apart!

As I'm writing this, Tiger is two back of Bo Van Pelt's lead at -16. Bo is -9 after 12 holes while Tiger's -5 after 9 holes. There are 10 players within 4 shots and 15 within 5 shots. The scoring is insane, as there are a huge number of players who are -5, -6, and -7 for the day.

The interesting thing to me is that both Tiger and Bo finally seem to be hitting on all cylinders. It's not that they played badly in the earlier rounds; they just hadn't looked particularly sharp. That looks to be changing today. (Of course, Saturday in Kuala Lumpur is late Friday in the US.)

By comparison, the LPGA is in Yang Mei, Taiwan where it appears to be pretty hot -- though not nearly as hot as Kuala Lumpur -- but definitely NOT sticky. And, perhaps understandably, the field isn't sticking together either.

As it stands while I'm writing, Suzann Pettersen (-12), Inbee Park (-11), and Yani Tseng (-11) are separating themselves from the field in the third round. The news here is that Yani looks to be on her way to three sub-70 rounds for the first time in months.

It looks like the stars on both tours were ready for a little action... but perhaps the PGA Tour pros wanted it a bit more. Tiger had said earlier in the week that, given the conditions and if the course were set up with reasonable pins, someone -- maybe several someones -- might break 60. Bo is officially on 59 watch -- he needs to get to -11 to do that -- and unless his game deserts him, that may be the big news by the time you read this.

And if Bo does it, he may prove that being sticky ain't so bad after all.

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