Golfchannel.com's leaderboard has Kelly Shon listed as Korean. They've done that with Kevin Na in the past, as well. Apparently you just have to be kind of Korean in order to be from South Korea, according to the Golf Channel.
The LPGA site has it correct with a Yank flag beside Shon.
I watched a little of Saturday's round(s)...despite the moaning about the wind, I see a lot of good scores. I think Sei Young Kim can sneak in there and win it. I remember how she almost always hit her short irons and wedges with a cut-off follow-through on the KLPGA, as if she planned to keep the ball under the wind...not a bad idea this week.
Some good and some bad in what has been played of round 3.
Inbee, Sei Young Kim and Hee Young are all still very much in this, especially considering how much golf is left to be played. Alas, Q Baek and Mirim really had some dire golf in the afternoon. Shon continues to impress me.
There will be no re-pairing tomorrow, so Sei Young and Inbee will be in the final group through to the end.
Although I was rooting for Ariya in the playoff...I am very happy to see Sei Young win....congrats.
Looks like the S. Korean "Reign of Terror" is going to be a force in 2015. The Yank gals must be happy that Hyo Joo Kim is not going to play a full LPGA schedule.......playing approx 15 LPGA events starting in Thailand.
If Carolyn Bivens was still commish....she'd likely pass a policy.....no more past KLPGA pros allowed on the LPGA tour.
Another really fun ending to a tournament! Congrats to Sei Young Kim on winning an LPGA event the first time she really contended. Great stuff!
At the start of the day I was rooting for Inbee or Hee Young. It would have been great to see Inbee take that #1 ranking back, but Lydia's charmed life continued true to form, and Park was not able to finish high enough to capture that ranking. Too bad, I was really interested in seeing if they were going to do a 'bib passing' ceremony for Inbee (as if!).
Once it became clear Inbee was not going to win, I started hoping it would be Yoo, the second straight week a Korean who had not won since 2012 captured a crown. But when Sei Young Kim made that UNBELIEVABLE up and down from what looked like a thatch of vines, I started rooting for her instead. Seriously, who puts something like that next to a green? That incredible pitch shot is an early contender for shot of the year IMO; it was every bit as impressive an up-and-down as Mirim's from the rocks at Reignwood.
Kim wasn't done, either, hitting another brilliant pitch shot on the final hole to set up a must make birdie which she proceeded to jar. Then, as a cherry on the sundae, she blows her drive well past Jutanugarn in the playoff. I bet Ariya hasn't had that happen too often. What was funny about that was, Foltz said that the drive was heading for the bunker, but her drive easily cleared it, and he then said it was far longer than what she had hit before. But then they revealed her drive was one yard SHORTER than the one she had just hit in regulation on the same hole.
Also funny: later in the playoff, Judy Rankin was blathering on about something when suddenly a ball sails into the frame. Ariya had just hit her third shot and the cameras had totally missed it! I admit I'm not much of a Ariya fan. She seriously has to be the sloppiest major golfer in women's golf. So many bad shots, weird decisions and unnecessary risks. I guess I prefer the golfers with more complete and controlled games, but your mileage may vary.
Anyhoo, Yoo hit a great out from a terrible lie in the bunker, so I was a bit sad that she did not make the birdie, even though that probably would have meant a Monday finish. When Kim made the birdie moments later, you could see Yoo in the background looking sort of shell shocked.
Some more tidbits:
- Yoo and Kim are two players who share something: they both have won unlikely playoffs against player I really like. Yoo over IK Kim after Kim's infamous missed putt at the Kraft Nabisco; and Kim after coming back six shots on So Yeon Ryu (thanks to two holeouts) at the Hanwha Classic in 2013.
- Gripe: it's really weird when Golf Channel says Yoo has won the 2012 ANA Inspiration, an event that has not even taken place yet. The event she actually won was the Kraft Nabisco at that time, so why call it the ANA retroactively? Is this a new thing? I've never seen them do that before, and they shouldn't do it again!
- Three of the Big Four rookies from the KLPGA have now won on the LPGA: Q Baek, Hyo Joo Kim and Sei Young Kim. Only Ha Na Jang has yet to get a win.
Congrats again to Sei Young Kim! KLPGA FIGHTING!!!!