Ariya great iron play allowed her to be able to leave the driver in the bag. She was under par on par threes. She was also a great short putter. Not saying that she will start to struggle. But sooner or later, pressing off the tee will hurt your game.
“I’ve played with guys who hit it 330, 340,” said Fitzgerald, “but the way Inbee was able to take the par 5s apart, be spot on with her wedges. Just didn’t miss a fairway all day. That’s real talent.”
Inbee was stunned not only by their talent on the golf course, but Fitzgerald’s women’s golf knowledge too. He asked Park if she got the first-place check after Lydia Ko won the 2012 Canadian Women’s Open as an amateur. He remembered that Park finished second that week.
Amy Yang - thank goodness she's ditched the P-N-S hat!
In Gee Chun -- the Deloitte sponsorship is another new one, showing she is still bagging the extra-curricular money. (And somehow they've still found places on her body without a logo. Where does the next one go, her tush? Not much else left!
Defending champ Eun Hee Ji recovered with a 67 on day two
Inbee is loooking really sharp right now. Tee to green is great, but now I'm starting to see some great putting as well. The final hole was a weird brain fart, but even there she hit a great tee shot. I'm rooting like heck for her to get a win right out of the gate.
Sei Young seemed to be having a lot of fun with Jack Wagner in her pairing. Her approach to the par 5 that barely cleared the water was the shot of the week; too bad she didn't convert the eagle. Still, she's right where she needs to be. Inbee had better hope there isn't a playoff, cause Sei Young doesn't lose those.
Nothing much for In Gee today, alas. Not the greatest start to her year, but hopefully she can put together at least one nice round to finish the week.
Post by legitimategolf on Jan 19, 2020 17:05:08 GMT
Great matchup. These two have some history. Inbee's brought out the venerable Odyssey putter from the legendary 2013 run. Korean women's Olympic golf qualifying is really bad news for the rest of the LPGA. You got all these top players and give them this huge season-long motivation that for the non-Koreans simply does not exist.
I can understand why Inbee didn't come up with the win. Because the course was setup for the longer drivers, especially the par fives. She had to hit longer iron shots on par threes and fours. Also be dead on with her wedges and putter on par fives. Something she will have to deal with on the LPGA course setups through out the year.
But no excuse for Sei Young Kim, she is just a hot and cold player.
Anyway great rounds for Annie Park and Mi Jung Hur.
It became evident that the playoff players were not good enough to get their tee balls to finish within easy birdie range at #18. After the second time through, why not change the pin position to somewhere on the right, which was where most of the shots were going to anyway. I still remember a JLPGA playoff from a few years ago with more than one flag position.
Stupples talking gibberish again about the JLPGA being mostly a 3-round tour ... what was the point? NASA is the only Japanese player here and she has never been a JLPGA regular.
In other news, a Google-mushed Chinese article says the Blue Bay LPGA will be the first full-field LPGA event in Asia ... 130 players, instead of the usual 81. Sure enough, the Final Field at lpga.com says 130 players (includes 5 sponsor invites and 25 picked by the China Golf Association).
I was rooting for Inbee of course, but it felt like right from the beginning that it wouldn't be her day. Sure, she hung around the lead, and all she needed was one lucky break and she could have taken it, but again it just didn't feel like that break was going to come, and it didn't. In fact, she actually got the opposite of a lucky break on that third playoff hole. Oh well, second is still a great way to start the year.
Sei Young really barfed this one up, that was hard to watch. On the other hand, you had MJ Hur, who was just fantastic today, and kudos to Annie Park as well. So, all in all a great week for the Sisters.