Park Goes the Distance But Moodie Leads


Janice Moodie supplanted Laura Davies during the second round of the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship at Mount Vintage. Moodie carded an error-free round consisting of six birdies and finished the day at 8-under 136 and in sole possession of the lead at the conclusion of round two.
Moodie now enjoys a two-stroke advantage over first-round leader Davies who finished the day with a 1-under-par 71. Lurking at 4-under is Dawn Coe-Jones while Hall-of-Famer Betsy King ended the day tied with Grace Park at 3-under 141.
The length of this course leads one to believe that the key to success would be off the tee. Yet, distance alone will not take home the trophy this week.
If distance off the tee was the answer, Park would be leading the field. Park, currently tied for fourth, has been hitting the ball a good 273 yards on average this week. By comparison, Davies' driving distance has been 260 yards while Moodie is averaging 261 and both Coe-Jones and King are in the 250s.
Parks not leading, and the simple answer is because Mount Vintage catches up with you on the greens, which are severely sloped in many cases. Current leader Moodie has had the most success on the greens this week hitting 26 greens in regulation to Davies' 28 greens. By comparison, Park has hit only 21.
I feel sorry for those officials, Davies admitted. Theyre finding it hard to find four pin placements without having 50 girls go in the office afterwards and giving them a tough time. Theyre fantastic greens to putt on, dont get me wrong, but theyre really hard.
Davies, a well-known long-hitter, left her driver in the bag more often than not Friday, instead reaching for an iron. Theres plenty of room off the tee, and like I said yesterday, youve got to be aggressive off the tee, and you can still be aggressive only hitting irons, Davies said. Ive won maybe six or seven tournaments without hitting one driver.
Full-field scores from the Asahi Ryokuken International Championship