They completed the second round and 64 players made the cut at Even. Round Three starts at 9:20 AM local time. I see no changes to the TV schedule. The last threesome should be Pei Ying Tsai, SW Bae and Min Young Lee.
Hikari Tanabe wrapped up Round Two on Sunday at -2 overall.
The TV Asahi broadcast kicked in on time and is LIVE ... the last group is on #11, so this is gonna run for a while ... except that they usually cut off the broadcast at the end of the scheduled time slot, no matter what is happening.
Reika Usui barely missed her birdie putt at #14, but is tied for the lead at -9 ... a good little player looking for her first win ... I can't remember a magazine cover for her, but that may change soon.
As expected, the TV Asahi broadcast shut down before the end of the round, so I went to bed. It seemed to be headed towards a victory by Sakura Koiwai, which is what happened. It was amazing to see the last group of three non-Japanese players almost completely ignored by TV Asahi, until they had to start showing them around the 14th hole.
The guy in black is her coach Akashi Tsujimura, the hot swing guru over there these days ... his stable includes Momoko Ueda, Kana Nagai, Ayaka Matsumori and Yuri Yoshida.
On top of the obvious visual charms of Koiwai, she also has a brain. This was not her first win in windy and/or rainy conditions. She adjusted her swing to hit the ball lower, added a 47 wedge to her bag this week and replaced her 3-UT with a 5W after Round One.
Driver: Dunlop Srixon ZX5 (9.5 degrees) Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD PT 5 (45 inches, hardness S) Fairway Wood: Srixon ZX Fairway Wood (3rd 15 degrees, 5th 18 degrees) Utility: Srixon Z H85 Hybrid (4th 22 degrees) Irons: Srixon Z585 Irons (No. 5 to PW) Wedges: Cleveland RTX-3 wedges (47, 51, 58 degrees) Putter: Odyssey Stroke Lab Seven CS Ball: Srixon Z Star XV Ball