I'm in blackout mode this weekend ... I don't know what happened Saturday, but I've started watching the TV Wowow rogue videos on YouTube ... don't know how long they'll be there. You can find them with this search:
I hope nobody was playing the "Smiling Cinderella" drinking game. Dan Hicks alone would have had you under the table in 20 minutes. "Cinderella isn't smiling after that shot"..."Smiling Cinderella has her smile back!"...etc.
Interesting round today. Many of the big name Sisters were playing decently but seemingly not well enough to have any chance of winning. Jin Young, Sei Young, Hae Ran Ryu and A Lim Kim all finished at +1, but at that point that seemed like too far back even to shoot for a top ten Sunday. By the end of the day, it WAS a top ten. A lot of backsliding by the leaders.
By the way, American broadcasters, the name is pronounced 'AH Lim Kim', not 'Ayyy Lim Kim'. I winced a bit every time I heard it. If she goes on to win (hey, why not?), I hope they figure that out before the trophy ceremony.
Below: Fonzie will get it right soon
Lee 6, Sei Young and Jin Young really could win it all. Yeah, I know Shibuno is probably going to win it, but it would certainly be memorable if one of the Korean Big Guns threw down a masterful round tomorrow and took the title.
Some of the other big names faltered. Didn't expect to see Inbee do that. So Yeon almost always makes a top 20 in this event, but amazingly she could still do it with a 2 or 3 under par round. Hye Jin and Seon Woo, alas, both struggled too much today.
Meanwhile, two unexpected names on the leaderboard: Yealimi Noh looked headed for the final group before some mistakes, while Ji Yeong Kim made literally NO mistakes in her 67; the only bogey-free round of the day, and tied for best of the week. They'll be paired in the penultimate round Sunday along with Lydia.
Keep an eye on: Jin Young needs a 6th to qualify for CME. She's in 9th right now. Lee6 also needs a good finish to qualify for CME. Sei Young vs. Jin Young with the #1 ranking possibly in the balance.
I started watching the TV Wowow YouTube videos, dozed off, then woke up to see the bleeding. I'm not quite ready to give it to Shibuno yet ... from what I've read, it's just a mud ball grab-bag now. I fully expect the GIC to go in with both feet for Olson in all the broadcasts tomorrow. A good thing about the Japanese broadcasts is that there wouldn't be endless yackety-yack about Musty Brrr and Pasty Stewis.
A good feature on Getty this week is that they are identifying the loopers for some of the players. I've been wondering about who is on Yuka Saso's bag this year ... his name is Lionel Matichuk ... I found one pic of him with Chie Arimura in 2011 ... he's probably a JLPGA import from Down Under.
Sundown on Saturday was at 5:23 PM.
TV Wowow had a lot of coverage of Mone Inami at the start of its broadcast ... they must have their own cameras there, as usual. The main broadcasting duo is in Japan, but they have people on-site who sound like they're talking on cell phones.
Normally, getting the latest Sunday tee time at the USWO is what you want, but -