I watched the broadcast on and off. One of the few players to hold my interest was Nanna CursedMad Koerstz Madsen (-6). She appeared to be in a good frame of mind today and why not ... no bogeys. The bf is not on the bag this week ... probably no significance to that as she had a T-13 with him at Aronimink.
One news item provided by the broadcasters is that Minjee is shot mentally over the speed control of her putter ... has no solution at the moment. It was on display near the end of her day ... had a putt from a collar that was not terribly long and left it terribly short.
NAPLES, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 17: In-gee Chun of Korea and Jessica Korda of the United States search for a ball on the second hole during the first round of the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf Club on December 17, 2020 in Naples, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Sei Young Kim is off to a head start over Inbee for Player of The Year. I have a slight preference for Sei Young to win it because Inbee has been there done that.
Jin Young is off to a great start with lots of birdies. So she is in great shape for the win. Don't expect the par five Queen to have twenty six putts again.
So Yeon had another pedestrian start of minus one. She didn't miss any fairways, which is not hard with 240 yard drives I guess. Her driving distance has really gotten shorter since the change from the Homna driver. Having thirty one putts didn't help her score either
How can you tell this is a bomber's course? Well, when you see Masson and Fassi near the top of the leaderboard, that's a pretty good sign.
Solid start by Jin Young; I'm hoping for something great from her in the next two rounds. Sei Young is back to her previous self. Alas, she is not eligible for the Vare because she didn't play enough rounds. Too bad, because the best qualifying score is Danielle Kang's, more than a stroke worse! That win is going to have a big asterisk by it in the record books!
Inbee struggled with length and her putting today, and still broke par. Not so great a day for In Gee. I sure hope she has it in her to make one big run this week and leave the year with a top ten.
This championship is suppose to be for only the best players on the LPGA tour. It doesn't seem to be that way this year. Because of the pandemic several big names either didn't play in enough tournaments to make enough money to qualify, or didn't play at all. Others, with all the weeks off between tournaments, never got on the right track. Ali McDonald Ewing, a winner this year, could not attend.
My field rating is a very disappointing 58% (62% from Priority List, 54% from Rolex Rankings) down from 68% last year.
Players that usually play in this event but are not teeing it up this week because of one of the above reasons include:
Jeong Eung Lee6 Sung Hyun Park Hyo-Joo Kim Mi Jung Hur Shanshan Feng Eun-Hee Ji Ali Ewing Bronte Law Su Oh Mi Hyang Lee Marina Alex Chella Choi Annie Park In-Kyung Kim Sandra Gal Pornanong Phatlum Angel Yin
I corrected it ... are you trying to give me a heart attack?!
Hope the medics were nearby when you found out she withdrew.
JYK would need SYK to finish a few back to get the money list. There's 640K and change between them right now and the prize is 1.1M. Would be close anyway. Depends on Inbee too.
I expect more of the same from JYK, but really not sure about SYK. She's obviously playing well, but her game doesn't seem as on point as when she's winning.
Lots of heat on their backs too. Green looks in scary good form. And, as much as I hate it, doesn't seem like Lexi will just go away. Hall and Ernst have won this year. Old Ko goes low again and she's in it. Nelly hasn't been in form.. but it's Nelly.