Green opens up nine-shot lead at LPGA Q-School


Jaye Marie Green opened a whopping nine-shot lead going into Sunday’s conclusion of LPGA Q-School finals.

With a 5-under-par 67 Saturday, Green moved to 25-under 263 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach Fla. South Korea’s Mi Rim Lee (69) is alone in second with Tiffany Joh (68) 11 shots back in third. Amy Anderson (70) is 14 shots behind in fourth place.

The top 20 finishers will earn exempt status, and that’s where Sunday’s real excitement lies. Should there be a tie for 20th, a three-hole aggregate playoff will break the tie. If the event ended Saturday, four players would have competed in a playoff for the final three exempt spots.

After the 20 exempt spots are claimed, the next 25 low scores and ties earn conditional status.

LPGA veteran Reilley Rankin (71), Sophia Sheridan (73)
Megan McChrystal (67) and Lisa Ferrero (71) are all tied for 18th going into Sunday’s finale.

Seon Hwa Lee, the LPGA’s 2006 Rookie of the Year, shot 70 in the fourth round and is tied for fifth. China’s Xiyu Lin, just 17, posted 69 and sits 13th. Birdie Kim, the 2005 U.S. Women’s Open champ, shot 71 and is tied for 27th.

The field was cut Saturday with 70 players advancing to the final round.