Fantastic play by HJK. She's no fluke. I'd like to see HJK battle Ko coming down the stretch on Sunday....eventually winning to continue the Korean Reign of Terror.
Or better yet....HJK battling Stacy on Sunday.....only to beat Lewis by one shot by with birdies on 16, 17 & 18 and then listen to Lewis whine that she lost because HJK got lucky to birdie the last 3 holes.....lol
I am well-acquainted with them regarding grips. Yeah, I'm a do-it-yourselfer, but I go to my parents' house where Dad has a workbench and vise in the basement to make it easy. As to the club turning at impact in my right hand (along the right index finger, to be more precise), the tape is okay. Either I made bad swing (quite possible), or the section of grip under the right hand is a tad too small. A long time ago, I put an extra strip of tape under the right hand of my first set...never did it again and I can't remember why. That could be part of the experimentation going forward. Another occasional issue is what Sam Snead called "playing the flute": your grip or grip pressure changes at the top of the swing. Getting a better sized grip should be helpful in this regard.
No more golf talk for while...got a serious snow problem I can't ignore anymore.
This is a pitiful course. The sad thing is next week is even worse. Wang is too busy picking the pockets of Asian sponsors to care.
The LPGA courses today are a lot better than the old days. At least there is a tournament this week. It's better to have a not so great course, than to have no purse at all. The really great courses the men play do not invite the LPGA. I have followed the LPGA a long time. I have noticed that things have got a lot better.
The golf channel is the one to me that's getting the money and not promoting the LPGA enough.
Great day for Hyo Joo Kim! First she finishes a scintillating 7 under par 65 in the morning, then follows that with a 69 to take the lead at 10 under. It's fantastic to see her show what she is capable of! She is such a strong closer, I'm really looking forward to seeing her over the next two rounds go for that Rolex!
Then Ha Na Jang manages 7 under par in just 11 holes!! So now she's in the lead, but she'll have a lot more work tomorrow. How low can she go?
All the KLPGA stars are kicking it! Baek got to 6 under, t-19th at the moment. So did Sei Young Kim, although she still has a bit to go to finish round 2. In Gee Chun is in the top ten at 7 under. All five in the top 20 right now!! KLPGA Hwaiting!
Several other great low rounds: Mirim Lee 66, HYP 67, Mi Hyang Lee 66, Il Hee Lee 67, even Hee Kyung Seo shot a 68 in just her second round back. And watch out for NYC at 7 under total, five under through 10 holes.
Whew! Even Julie Yang shot a 68 today, better than Amy Yang so far.
Putting my own $0.02 worth in on the major discussion: the majors are fine as they are, although I question Evian. My suggestion would be for the LPGA in conjunction with the other tours to designate certain events as part of a Women's World Golf Championship. With the regular events worth 500 CME points for the winner the five majors should be worth 750 (up from the present 625) so that the WWGC events would each be worth 625. There could also be a bonus pool for the players with the best cumulative results in this proposed series.
So which events should be in this proposed WWGC? The HSBC in Singapore would be a shoo in, and if they revive the match play that should also be in. An event during the fall Asian swing and the Canadian Open should also be considered. Your thoughts, everyone?
Kevin Definitely some merit to your suggestion but I don't know what it would really accomplish. Would it drive more exposure to the LPGA?...I think not.
The key criteria to these WWGC events would be purses that exceed or match $2.5M at a minimum.
Yes.....I'd like to see match play return on the LPGA...but I'm a hard core LPGA....for the casual golf fan....match play doesn't draw much attention unless the popular pros advance deep into the brackets....if you have a bunch of no names on Sat & Sun...it's a bust.
Look at the Sybase that was hosted in NJ....with a 8 million population to draw from within a 90 minute drive...they even had a free tix promo one year...yet it was poorly attended.
I think the current 32 events is about the right number of events. But I think reallocation of host cities would be ideal to larger populations.....although those markets are very competitive for sports dollars especially in certain times of the year.
I'd like to see more permanent events in LA, Chicago, Boston and for selfish reasons...the Portland event relocated to Seattle.
Prattville....really......minimal galleries and a course that looks like a big farmer's field.....there are far superior courses on the Robert Trent Jones golf trail.
What the guys are doing with their match play beginning this year is something to look at, and similar to what the men's European Tour has been doing for a while: divide the field into groups of four and have them play round robin within each group for the first three days so that you don't the prospect of having a high seed knocked out on day one. The player with the best record in each group would then move on to the round of sixteen where it would then switch to straight elimination until a champion is crowned.
Aside from the purse size, structuring the qualification criteria for each proposed WWGC event (taking X number of players off the Rolex Rankings, depending on the size of the field) would be important to make this series work.
I checked Ha Na's score card. She played the first round minus four.
Played the second round front nine one over. However had five birdies on the back nine to get to eight under. She were never lower than her final score.
Ha Na played the back nine first. When she stopped yesterday she was at 7 under for the day, 11 under total. This morning, she played the 3rd through 9th holes. All those bogies and the double was what she did, unfortunately. But at 8 under, she's still in it for sure!
Sei Young Kim had a particularly nice run to get to 9 under and the final group. It's an all Kim group, but not all Korean - Kim Kaufman, Hyo Joo Kim and Sei Young Kim.
Hyo Joo and Sei Young might be two of the best closers among the Sisters. I think Sei Young is 4 for 5 in playoffs. Good luck to them today getting into position to make a Sunday run!
In Gee also played well to get to 8 under, so four of the five KLPGA stars ended round 2 in the top ten (and Q Baek isn't that far back, either).
I guess you are right. What confused me is that they had her at minus three on number ten. She finished the first round at minus four. I didn't want to believe my pick for "ROY" would finish that bad, I guess. So far the sisters are falling back, however they have time to rally.