by Jeff Skinner
Lorena Ochoa’s farewell tournament has been flying under the radar this week thanks to a lack of television coverage. Unfortunately for the LPGA it has been one of the most interesting outings of the year. Lorena is only three strokes back of two time 2010 winner and leader, Ai Miyazato. The biggest name in women’s golf, Michelle Wie is only one stroke back and the tour couldn’t have scripted a better finish if she wins. With Ochoa leaving the tour at the end of today’s round and Wie being the designated standard bearer for the tour, a win here for Wie would be more than a symbolic passing of the torch, it would be an actual transformation form “Lorena’s Tour” to “Michelle Tour.”
Americans Brittany Lincicome (T2) and Stacy Lewis (T4) are in great position to challenge for the win and could also bring a few American eyes to the tour should they pull off a win. The tour is in a precarious position right and needs a few popular players to pull it into the American sports consciousness again.