Now I've seen it all. Mayu Hattori must be fighting the chipping yips because she's carrying a lefty wedge. She was off the green with her tee ball at a par-3. Then she took out that southpaw stick and creamed it 15 feet past the flag ... but made the putt for par. She is Even thru six holes.
The 4th video is showing the practice green for the second wave, which starts in less than five minutes.
It's a shame they didn't add the players' names in English, considering they put this exclusively on YouTube.
Not a lot of smiles for Cinderella, with just a square and a triangle on her card thru 13, and no circles. That's +3 for you gaijin. She's still as quick and no-nonsense as ever, but her pokey playing partners seem to be trying her patience.
Ai Suzuki, who made a few extra trips to the kitchen during the lockdown, surged to a tie for the lead at -9 ... but completely blew up at her last hole, the 165-yard par-3 9th (Camera 3). With a UT, her tee ball was short and wet.
She had to go back to what may have been a drop area and wedged it way over the pin into a back bunker.
Her sand shot skittered well past the pin to the front of the green.
She two-putted for a triple. They did a slo-mo of her tee shot where she did her usual pronounced raising of the clubhead and lateral body shift in her backswing ... maybe it was more than normal. Her best swing is still with the putter.
Suzuki was grouped with old-timer Saiki Fujita (34), who I really like. She is in great shape and has a no-stress loosey-goosey arms swing. I have no 2020 info on whether or not she is still bagging the most obscure and exotic equipment. Unfortunately, finishing the day at +2 won't be good enough ... I doubt the current cut line of Even will change.
Momoko Udea was off an running 35 minutes ago (below), but the event YouTube channel has nothing set up for Round Three. When I click on the Round Three screens on the tournament website, I get a "Video unavailable - The uploader has not made this video available in your country" message. What is this s*&#? Did Golf Channel jump in there to get the broadcast rights (delayed to next week, of course) for the last two rounds?
No word on English commentary. For all we know, this could be geoblocked in the US. They at least need to update their all-Nihongo graphics to show player names in English.
If GC bought the rights to show on a delay, they'd still stream the event live on their app, as they do for the LET. I just checked and it's no dice. It's highly unlikely they would license any event without English commentary anyway.
This event is aimed exclusively for a Japanese audience. There is no accommodation for international viewers...not their commentary, graphics, or their website.
I think the open feed the first two days was an error, and they finally figured out how to geoblock it.
It just occurred to me that Karis Davidson is another foreigner who didn't want to waste her time playing the Hibernation Tour this week ... but look at all the money some unknown is going to scoop up on Sunday.