It took ¥200,000,000 to snap a few Koreans out of their trance, including Min Young Lee, Hee Kyeong Bae, Eight Head and The Superstar. This one runs Aug. 27-30 with a field of 120. The cut is top-60 plus ties.
As of now, there is no TV for the first two rounds. Saturday and Sunday will have free LIVE broadcasts via The Internet, but I don't know where yet. Try this YouTube search:
Can't find any pics of The Superstar during the early going of Round One ... not surprising as she opened with two pars, followed by three straight bogeys. UPDATE: Bounced back with birdie at #6, woo hoo!
Despite the Yamaha cap, Kana Nagai hits a Titleist UT ... struggling at +3 thru eight holes ... per Google mush of a recent article, Kana's bag:
[Kana Nagai's club setting and distance by count] DR: RMX 120 10.5 degrees AUGAg 4(S) 230y 3W: EPIC FLASH SUB ZERO 15 degrees Tour AD TP-5 (R1) 195-200y 5W: ONOFF KURO 18 degrees Tour AD TP-5 (R1) 180-185y 7W: ONOFF KURO 21 degrees Tour AD TP-5 (R1) 175y 5U: 816 H1 23 degrees Tour AD HY-75 (R) 165y 6U: 816 H1 27 degrees Tour AD HY-75 (R) 155y 7I: RMX 120 N.S.PRO 750GH (R) 145y 8I: RMX 120 N.S.PRO 750GH (R) 135y 9I: RMX 020 N.S.PRO 750GH (R) 125y PW: RMX 020 N.S.PRO 750GH (R) 110y 48 degrees: RMX prototype N.S.PRO 850GH (R) 100y 52 degrees: RMX prototype N.S.PRO 850GH (R) 90y 58 degrees: RMX prototype N.S.PRO 850GH (R) 70y PT: SIGMA2 KUSHIN C
Good first rounds -1 for Kotone Hori and Legend Yuri Fudoh. Natsuka Hori +3 isn't too bad for her first Tournament.
I followed Yuri Fudoh at the ANA, it was the Kraft Nabisco then, I believe. Enjoyed watching her play so great with that long swing. Her swing is a lot shorter now. I believe she finished in the top twenty that year.
Even with Google mush, the article above is not entirely clear on the status of the Koreans on the JLPGA. It seems that Chae Young Yoon, Mi Jeong Jeon, HK Bae and MY Lee had "established residences" in Japan and returned to that country by August 5, so they're allowed to play this week (obviously, they shouldn't go back to ROK for any reason!). Big Mama Ahn screwed something up and can't play this week, but maybe in the future? SW Bae, Sky, Sharon, JY Shin and BML seem to be really screwed up ... who knows when they'll return. At least Shin will play the ANA.