That trip to Lancaster just gets better and better...
6/15/2015 HYOGO PREF, JAPAN
Ai Suzuki - JAPAN 132 Erika Kikuchi - JAPAN 135 Suzuka Yamaguchi(a) - JAPAN 135 Rumi Yoshiba - JAPAN 135 Lala Anai - JAPAN 137 Ayaka Matsumori - JAPAN 137 A - Megumi Kido - JAPAN 139 A - Hiromu Ono(a) - JAPAN 140
Aside from being easy on the eyes, E.K. is a hard worker...I assume this because her stroke average went down by about half a stroke per round since last year. That is HUGE...she must have killed herself in the off-season. It's not like she just turned pro and is figuring out how to play...she has played the JLPGA for eight years and was lousy at the beginning. Finally got her first win this year...weren't we all happy when Natalie G. got her first win? How about this: Erika turns 27 on July 12...the same date as Round 4 of the USWO. The stars are all lining up in the same direction.
Guys, it's the USWO...you gotta get pumped up about seeing your favorites in person that you may never see again. Two years ago I followed Soo Jin Yang and Ha Neul Kim at Sebonack...I don't think either is in a rush to join the LPGA. This year we've got E.K., Hye Youn Kim, and Jung Min Lee...Lee will probably give the LPGA a shot, but I doubt the other two will.
The USWO will be in my backyard in 2017 (no motel required), so I'll get to attend this championship three times over five years (throw in Saucon Valley and it's four times over nine years). If Shin Ae Ahn can completely recover her game by the end of 2016...and if Bo Mee Lee changes her mind about playing the USWO in the future...
Every time I see the men's open it is Phil's birthday. He gets serenaded on most every green. Hopefully, Inbee will get the same treatment.
I was at the USO on Tuesday....and yes....nearly every hole they were singing Happy Bday to FIGJAM....IMO....I think Phil is a good guy and nice to his fans...though many on the forums think Phil is a phony.
Phil was playing his usual Tuesday money game with Fowler, Jimmy Walker and Snedeker were playing partner best ball....Phil/Fowler won. I'm glad to see this as many other players only played 9 holes...while the above played 18 holes and even hit out of the fescue...but not with full force to avoid an injury before Thursday.
I like Phil but he is an extraordinary phoney, if half the stories I've heard are true. Glad you made it stateside and got to visit America's cow pasture. The US Open will be back in the northwest within the next 25 years but not at Chambers Bay. Thank God I got to play there for free.
I'm changing my pattern from past USWOs...instead of attending Round 2 only, I've decided to attend Wednesday practice and Round 1 on Thursday. I had to break the bank for a Wed. night motel stay...$60. There's a mall about three miles west of LCC that will serve as shuttle parking. Of course, cameras will be permitted for Wednesday, but check this out from the USGA website:
Stand-alone cameras may only be brought and mobile device camera features may only be used during practice rounds (Monday through Wednesday) and only for personal photographic use. No photography is permitted in the presence of a player from the time she addresses the ball until the completion of her swing (i.e., when a marshal’s arms are raised). Video and audio recoding are not permitted at any time with any device. Violation of any of these terms herein may result in immediate expulsion and loss of ticket/credential privileges for the remainder of the championship.
So, if I want to video the step swing of Hye Youn Kim on a practice day I can't do it?! How lame. At least I can get some stills of Mi Hyang Lee.
The good news is that they don't list restrictions on drinks and foods brought in...just the usual restrictions on the size of carry bags you can bring in.
The US Open is becoming irrelevant--at least for the men. Once the Dinah Shore finally moves to Korea, the same thing will happen for the ladies Remember, what Trevino said a long time ago? "When I retire, I'm going to get a blue blazer, white shirt, gray slacks, a can of dandruff and become a U.S. Golf Association official."