The Unknown Korean will make her first 2021 start on the big tour starting Thursday in this four-rounder ... field of 120, cut is top-60 plus ties. No spectators permitted, but it should be available on the Internet/YouTube each round from 9 AM thru 6 PM (Japan time) here:
Queen Shiho must be in really bad shape, another DNS. Ting Ting is also DNS, don't know why.
During normal times, Team Yamaha would line up side-by-side in front of the gear van, but the triangular formation is a useful substitute. As expected, the stars are in the front (Chie Arimura, Kana Nagai), the strong second tier is in the middle (Maria Shinohara, Chae Young Yoon, Mami Fukuda), and the washouts are in the back row (too far away and unknown to recognize).
Kana ... she had the RMX 120 irons in 2019 ... maybe these are the latest versions, but they don't look like anything I see on Yamaha's website.
I watched a couple of the early YT videos where the Abema TV stream followed the group of Sakura Koiwai, Mami Fukuda and Ayaka Watanabe as they began their last nine, starting at #1 ... boy, were they slow. Well, if that keeps Saku-chan on TV longer, it's not so bad.
Kana Nagai (+1)
Jae Eun Chung (+2) ... although the Getty caption says Chae Young Yoon.
I'm going into blackout mode after this post. The last threesome just finished #9 and Sayaka Takahashi leads by one shot at -11. Here are the first two holes by the last group (Takahashi, Miyuu Yamashita, Mamiko Higa) -
Champion apparel is getting a lot mileage this year ... first, they sign a big star in Minami Katsu and now Yamashita is trying to win on Sunday. But, the player who really has my attention is Takahashi. First, those shrink-wrapped top & pants ensembles with matching shoes would get Mr. Blackwell's approval. Second, I think she is taking the club back slightly closed, which seems to minimize her face rotation. As a result, she hits straight arrows, which will keep her in play A LOT ... that's probably why she did so well at the USWO last December. I think David Duval is the only TV golf analyst I can recall who has spoken out on the dangers of excess face rotation, and he is so right. Of course, Higa has the most raw juice in this group, but it also kicked her right out of the tournament with her drive going OB-right on #2.
Nothing special with Sky Kim, Even overall thru 14 holes.
I was hoping that Sayaka Takahashi would get the win. I like the way she played the USWO Open. Hit a clutch shot on her final hole to make the cut. Then went on to have the best, I think Tournament of the JLPGA Golfers.