Started to watch the streaming in time to see Legend Yuri Fudoh tee off on hole one. She had a good round of minus two. Her shorter back swing look like she started playing golf with it. It really looks so solid....I hope that I don't jinx her.
Ayaka Watanabe three putted from about three feet, after a great pitch shot on five. She kind of held it together after the double bogey with two birdies and a bogey.
I only got to watch the Stream for about two hours. Since they are showing the names in English, I will try to watch more.
Dozed off after dinner ... woke up a few hours later to see The Superstar (+3 overall) play the par-3 16th. She needed to stick it close ... 30 feet is NOT close ... made par, but she'll need a birdie-birdie finish to make the cut.
Odd noises in the background, like they're next to an airport. But, there is no airport near the course on Google Maps.
Thought that I had jinxed the Legend Yuri Fudoh again. She finished with the early groups at +3, +1 for the Tournament. The cut was even for most of the Tournament, but +1 made it. So she get to display her golfing skills two more days.
It's raining on the range and I see only four players there. Where is everyone? The first tee times are in less than 35 minutes and the rain doesn't appear hard enough to cause a postponement. They switched over to the practice green, which has three players. Back to range ... a few more players have come out. Both channels are running now ... I think that's Miki Saiki on Channel 2. Shinobu Moromizato has also appeared on the YT broadcasts.
Right now, the YT feeds are focused on the 16th and 18th holes, so they're not following the leaders. I assume the final groups are being saved for the TV Asahi broadcast, which starts at 2 AM EST. Their Sunday coverage will be at 1 AM EST.
Eight Head has physio tape going up her left leg ... now -3 after making par putt at #16 .... plays Titleist ball ... hard to believe she has space for rent on both sides of her cap.
They showed a video of Saiki Fujita draining the winning putt at this event ten years ago while wearing a red MacGregor cap ... and I have a red MacGregor V-Foil cap. This chick is just too cool.
After regaining her card in q-school, she is having an excellent year ... finished her round at -5.
Na Ri Lee had the lead after five birdies in her first ten holes ... slid backwards after that.
Momo Yoshikawa had a chip-in birdie at #16 ... Kana Mikashima tried to putt/chip her ball left-handed with her putter from off a green, with brutal results.
If this was drag racing, Hee Kyung Bae had it won after five holes, where she had four birdies and missed another one at #3 by one inch. But, they were saying that this course's defense was having long par-threes and Bae learned that the hard way by airmailing the greens at #8 (180 yards) and #14 (190 yards) ... made doubles on both.
Shot of the day was one-hop eagle by Sayaka Takahashi at #5 ... see at 4:03:00 thru 4:05:50 -
Just watched the highlight. Why was Hee-Kyung Bae trying to chip just over the fringe. She had a backstop and was chipping against the grain. Landing anywhere near the pin, would have given her a makeable par putt.