Apparently Gaby Lopez and Marina Alex both tested positive for Covid back in Ohio. What's the protocol for this? I would think a positive test gets you removed from tournaments? Two week suspension? Anyways, they were both at the British.
Jin Young Ko apparently freaked a little at that news, since her caddie was going to work for Lopez the week she tested positive. Probably hasn't helped her confidence in the situation; she is still apparently undecided about when and whether to return to the LPGA. Anyways, stay tuned; it would be nice to see JYK defend at least one of her titles this year!
Both Gaby Lopez and Marina Alex withdrew from the Drive On tournament after testing positive. LPGA protocol says minimum 10 day quarantine, then more tests and medical exam to determine if eligible to return to tour. Marina played in Marathon, but Gaby didn’t return until the British Open.
Marathon was the week after Drive on... How did Marina qualify to play?
Although I’m not particularly a fan of Maria Fassi, there is an explanation for her extra long presser. She’s pretty much a local girl having graduated from the University of Arkansas, and likely the local media had lots of questions.
It's also because she wears sunglasses, a ribbon and dresses like she's on television (unlike most Americans of the last decade). The torch has been passed.
Yui Kawamoto finally got two birdies after about 79 holes.
Youngin Chun finished even par, with five birdies. She missed only one fairway with an average driving distance of 277 yards. But hit only eleven greens with twenty six putts. So it looks like she is either getting bad yardage. Or she needs better club selection.
Captain Kirk on the 15th green ... so much for the hundred-year flood that was going to inundate the state. Heck, I'll bet the fairways could double for drag racing. MHL (67, -4) drove it 306. Of course, without ShotLink, who really knows.
Very solid start by several of the Sisters in round one! Sei Young shot a 6 under 65 and, based on the coverage, missed at least three short putts that she probably would normally make. Both In Gee and Inbee with a decent 67; for Dumbo, I think that's her low round of the year so far. Both are tied for 15th going into round 2.
Another Korean American makes her presence felt: Esther Lee shot a 64 and is tied for the lead. Andrea Lee and Yealimi shot 68s.
Either the walking scorekeeper with the MHL/Yan/Pressel group is getting heat stroke or the intern at lpga.com fouled up again. These players' scorecards show them starting at the 9th hole, playing thru #17, skipping #18 and continuing to the front side at #1.
Uh oh, another crooked elbow ... how did Esther Lee go five-for-five in washouts before shooting 64?
Great round by Sei Young Kim minus seven to finish thirteen under. She got to minus fourteen but had a double bogey on her seventeenth hole. She followed that with a birdie on number nine, her eighteenth hole.
Nice round by Chella Choi of minus six.
Pretty good birthday present for Yui Kawamoto. She birded the last three holes to make the cut. I saw that she had birded sixteen and seventeen to get to minus one. I'm glad that she wasn't one of the few golfers that didn't birdie eighteen.
Youngin Chun got to minus one thru five holes. But got no more birdies and one bogey after that.
I noticed that Maria Fassi had an odd round for her. She had six birdies, but made none on the easy par fives. She may turn out to be an above average player after all.
Minjee Lee should be disappointed with minus three during that birdie fest.
Sei Young hit the wall after her great start; still, she shot a 64 to follow up her 65. Even 13 under was only good enough for second place, with Anna Nordqvist getting off to a ridiculous start, shooting a 62 in round 2, and putting herself at 16 under. Yeesh.
Sei Young is still in a great position to possibly steal this one. God only knows how low she's going to have to go to do it...
Jenny Shin produced a 63 of her own to move to 12 under. But Esther Lee "only" shot a 69 and is now 7 back.
Inbee had a solid 67, but that is not going to get her a win. In fact, at 8 under, she isn't even in the top ten right now. Well, we knew this was going to be a birdie fest. In Gee shot a 70 and is in 28th. It seems like she's doing great tee-to-green - 16/18 GIR today - but is not making enough putts. She'll need a great final round, but I still think a top ten is doable. She's 4 out of one at the moment.