Erika Kikuchi, what a doll...too bad she shot 76. That iron she's holding doesn't look like a Titleist. Maybe she started carrying a bulked-up 4-iron of another brand; a few players do that on the LPGA tour.
Sky has been playing average golf.....maybe she lacked the confidence to attend LPGA Q school last fall and the JLPGA is a medium for her to test her current level of play on a 'foreign' tour.
I know several skilled and low cap players who game more a forgiving 4 or 3 iron vs. their standard iron model.
I gamed the 1993 Wilson Ultra Staff 45's for many years....I've never have considered myself to be a great long iron player and picked up a set of Callaway X14's irons 3-6 iron on ebay for only $70 from an older guy from Florida who could not play them anymore....so I played a mixed bag of irons from 2004-2009
I dozed on and off during the webcam. It had the raw feel of being on the golf course as a spectator. The one drawback is that they didn't flash graphics of the scores. I had no idea until near the end that Ayaka Watanabe had blown everyone away.
This was Watanabe's 2nd JLPGA tour win and I expect many more...unless she tries for the LPGA. Her power is off the charts...her drives left the galleries and the broadcasters gasping for air. Her shoulder turn would match Dustin Johnson. I'm not sure exactly how long she is. In Round 3 there was a par-4 listed at 425. I don't know if the tees were up or back...after hitting a baby draw moon ball, she had 125 for her approach. I see figures of 291 and 300 posted on a couple of her Youtube videos and I believe it. One of those videos lists some of her iron yardages as 7I-165, 8I-155, 9I-140. Her current war club is the Bridgestone J-715.
Looks like Yamaha dished out everything but a motorcycle.
Strong week for Bo Mi Lee who is now on top of the JLPGA point rankings