The PRGR gear brand has dropped its sponsorship of this event ... replaced by an insurance company. It starts Friday with a field of 120 (twenty of those players will be sponsor picks) ... cut after Round Two will be top-60 plus ties. Natsuka Hori, who hasn't won a dime on Japan's big tour or scrub tour since 2018, will join baby sis Kotone this week. Ayako Uehara and Yui Kawamoto will continue their spring training games ... Uehara is in the field for the Kia Classic and Yui is not.
No TV for Round One ... however, Round Two on Saturday can be seen on YouTube from 9:30 AM thru the end of the round (Japan time) ... for me, that means a 7:30 PM EST start on Friday. The link is here:
BTW, I just put on TV Tokyo and saw the start of a K-Drama (ep. 53) with Japanese subtitles ... and it sounds like they dubbed it in Japanese, too ... no familiar familiar faces yet, but I haven't watched this stuff in ages.
UPDATE: Okay, I just saw this woman who plays a mother in every K-Drama ever made.
The no gallery idiocy is back this week. Spectators will be barred from next week's T-Point/ENEOS event, but they are selling limited numbers of advanced tickets only for the following week's AXA Ladies event.
That stupid YouTube link I posted for the non-stop video doesn't work ... says it is private ... I don't have a login for YT, maybe that's what it wanted. Or, maybe it is just plain geo-blocking. The good news is that a rogue video is running on YT, although it is one hour behind the official broadcast. If it gets taken down, there's the regular broadcast at 2 AM (my time). They just showed Saku-chan on the range ... I wonder if they still use PRGR practice balls, now that PRGR is off the sponsorship of this event.
The cut was +3 and 62 players made it. Lots of videos on YouTube. Erika Hara and Serena Aoki dropped out.
POS PLAYER SCORE HOLE TODAY 1R 2R 3R TOTAL 1 Mone Inami -10 F -6 68 66 134 2 Kana Nagai -7 F -3 68 69 137 3T Mamiko Higa -6 F -4 70 68 138 3T Haruka Morita -6 F -2 68 70 138 5 Nanoko Hayashi -5 F -4 71 68 139 6T Saki Takeo -4 F +1 67 73 140 6T Miki Sakai -4 F -2 70 70 140 8T Yuka Yasuda -3 F +2 67 74 141 8T Maria Shinohara -3 F -1 70 71 141 10T Asako Fujimoto -2 F -3 73 69 142 10T Sayaka Takahashi -2 F 0 70 72 142 10T Mi-Jeong Jeon -2 F 0 70 72 142 10T Kotone Hori -2 F 0 70 72 142 10T Asuka Kashiwabara -2 *F -3 73 69 142
Clearly, Tom Abbott is giving fashion critiques on the wrong tour. I never saw Kana Nagai play with a yellow ball before ... can't make out the brand ... the most recent info I could find said she was playing a Titleist Pro V1x in 2019.
A clean final round for Kotone Hori one birdie no bogeys. Also a great Tournament tied for eighth.
Natsuka Hori also had a good Tournament, tie for twenty third She made birdies on two of the last four holes.
Yui Kawamoto her first under par round of the Tournament minus two. Had four birdies and two bogeys to finish in a tie for twenty-eight. Could have been sixty nine but one of her bogeys was on eighteen.