So if the ANA was/is such a great major...then why has it taken Whan and his team 5 years to secure a new sponsor when the KNC was never willing to commit to a long term renewal contract?
"From the time Whan accepted the commissioner's job in late 2009, the fate of the desert's major has been one of the biggest questions he had to answer. When ANA agreed to a five-year sponsorship deal last November, Whan said he felt more relief than anything else. "
It didn't take long for Stacy Lewis to banish her Mizuno JPX 850 driver to the garage. It looks like she switched to the TaylorMade AeroBurner (from Wed. Pro-am & Round One):
Sun Young Yoo & Crazy Train Jane
Another sub-par round in a row for DiMaggio
Congratulations to Getty Images for their caption of the photo below: Toon Kyung Heo of South Korea on the 16th tee box during round one of the ANA Inspiration on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club on April 2, 2015 in Rancho Mirage, California.
Yani on the 17th green...one of the grandstands appears full, which isn't bad for a Thursday, right?
Is there a reason to hang out in the desert if you miss the cut? Hmmm...
It is easy to blame Alcott. I tend to blame Se Ri's swing which is unrecognizable from when she was dominant. And I doubt Alcott had much to do with Se Ri's poor putting. No matter, I expect her to do much better today.
Watched the first three hours casually. Didn't hold my interest that much because I had seen the same players last night. Looking forward to tonight's broadcast for the players I did NOT see yesterday.
It's way too early to guess who'll win.
Jenny from the Block w/ Cheeseburger Chad. It's time for Shin Ji Eun to knock the door down.
Somewhat interesting day for me today. First I got to meet So Yeon's mother, which was great.
I almost got hit in the head by Yoon Kyung's second shot. I was standing about fifteen yards right and short of the green. Then Ha Na Jang buried her third shot on a par five in the back of the bunker. Next Na Yeon goes for eighteen in two and dump it in the water. Not a risk to take on Friday.
Great day for Sei Young. It would be great for her second win to be a Major.
So Yeon's front nine was not to good, but her second nine were solid. She still missed makeable putts.
Sei Young Kim played flat out brilliantly today, culminating in an eagle on the final hole. This is a course that sets up well for her, as traditionally, longer hitters take this trophy (the rough seems tough this year, though, which reduces that advantage somewhat). It will be fun to see if she can keep it going. Sei Young Fighting!
So Yeon wasn't great today, but hung in there and is still right in the mix. Mirim Lee has also placed herself nicely and seems to be on a roll lately. With Se Ri out of the mix, I would most love to see one of these two get the trophy, especially so Yeon. Keep Hwaiting!
Great 69 by Inbee to put herself 6 back and within striking distance. She's still missing too many makeable birdie and par putts, though. I have a feeling that her putter could catch fire sometime this weekend, and if it does, watch out!
Amy Yang also hovering there at -1. Nice work by NYC and Jenny Shin as well, and great day by Danielle Kang!
Not so bad
Hyo Joo hit a road bump today and finds herself 8 back. But she is certainly capable of a great round as we saw at Evian. She'll be playing with In Gee Chun tomorrow!
Nice that Q Baek shot a 70 after her horrendous first day and made the cut. Along with Ha Na Jang, all four KLPGA star rookies + In Gee made the cut. Cool!
Too bad about Se Ri. Ah well, she still has at least one more shot (it sounds like she plans on retiring at the end of 2016, based on what I've read in the Korean press).