What to Watch for: Friday at the SBS Open

Friday February 13th, 2009

The woman to watch in round two at the SBS Open is Yani Tseng, the reigning LPGA Championship champ who tees off at 11:40 local time. The long-hitting Tseng is up to No. 2 in the World Ranking — Annika Sorenstam predicted a while ago that Tseng would someday reach No. 1 — and the 20-year-old native of Taiwan has a simple goal this year: “To become a birdie machine.” After an opening 66 during a windy, rainy morning she’s well on her way.
Naturally, I will also be watching Michelle Wie to see if she can build on her dazzling 66, which included a closing burst of three-straight birdies that put a serious charge into this tournament. Wie controlled her ball expertly during a blustery afternoon and had beautiful speed on the grainy greens. Wie is in the second group off, at 7:20 a.m. local time. With the opening day jitters behind her and the promise of calmer conditions I wouldn’t be surprised to see her take it even lower during the second round.

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