Mirim Lee 2020 and Jin Young Ko 2019 has a good start on trying to defend their Titles at minus three.
Inbee Park also a good start with five birdies but three bogeys. She matched the par five Queen Lexi, by making birdies on all four par fives also.
Edit: By the way Mirim Lee ball did not hit the wall in the playoff last year.
Jeongeun Lee6 had an okay start at minus one. She was probably the only golfer that didn't make a birdie on the par fives. Which means that if she change that she will have a good second round.
So Yeon Ryu had a ho=hum round at even par. Her only birdies were on three of the par fives. But had a bogey on hole number three and double on fifteen.
A Lim Kim has another bad first round. She had three birdies, but three bogeys and two double bogeys. That's the kind of round she has often on the KLPGA. But I thought that she would do better on the LPGA courses. Because you can spray the ball and sometime get away with it.
Yui Kawamoto at minus one had four birdies and one bogey through fourteen holes. But she made bogey on two of her last four holes. She needs to start finishing her rounds better. Another thing she has a habit of making bogeys on par fives, two today.
The women's game should forget Augusta - ignore them like Augusta did to them for so many years. Don't give those old bastards the satisfaction.
As for Mirim's shot last year - I'm pretty sure the ball did bounce off the wall. The video is somewhat inconclusive and cuts away too soon. But it seems to ricochet off the wall after the 2nd bounce. It landed on the back fringe, and if you look at the aerial shot of the green and how close the wall was, hard to believe any shot from that far away, on that trajectory, would not hit the wall. Also, both she and her caddy have said that was their plan, and don't think she's ever denied it hit the wall (not that she would know for sure either). But no matter, it was a perfectly legitimate shot - smart move, and brilliantly executed and finished off.
In regulation, maybe. In the playoff on the same hole a few minutes later, definitely not. The ball stopped in the middle of the green. But the article says she used the wall both times.
Kind of a mediocre start for the Sisters, but at least almost all the major contenders are still in the hunt. Jin Young and surprisingly Mirim had very strong starts. A Lim Kim averaged nearly 300 yards off the tee but had one of the worst starts among the Sisters. Sei Young looked like she would join Ko at 3 under, only to double the par 5 18th. Inbee was solid, which was all she needed for the first round. She doesn't have to go wire-to-wire every week!
The biggest bummer was In Gee's weak start. I thought everything was lining up for her to have an epic week. She had the motivation of the ridiculous DQ, the fact she is a member here, and more confidence than she's had in years. But she's going to have to step it up tomorrow to make the trophy a possibility. It's not too late.
I thought the commentators were going to faint the way they were palpitating over Wie West's round. It goes to show you how non-penal this course is for long hitters; I counted at least three times where Michelle had to hit shots through large gaps in trees because her drive was so sucky, but she got away with it every time. Sooner or later that kind of thing ought to bite her in the tuchus. We'll see.
First time I've really pulled for Wie in a while since all the media is at ANWA.
I root for her a bit too, but only because I feel certain the wheels are about to fall off. Who knows what the future holds but if she's going to win again it is a long road ahead. Last week she said she badly wants to win so her daughter can witness it. She is truly nuts in other words. Golf fans can rest easy, MWW's not going anywhere anytime soon.
RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 02: Hinako Shibuno of Japan hits from the second hole during round two of the ANA Inspiration at the Dinah Shore course at Mission Hills Country Club on April 02, 2021 in Rancho Mirage, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Jin Young Ko and Mirim Lee still in position to defend their title. Jin Young could only manage one birdie and one bogey through sixteen holes. But made clutch birdies on seventeen and eighteen.
Mirim Lee short game needs to be great, because of only 246 yards driving distance. She is giving up twenty five or more yardage to most of the field.
Likewise for Inbee Park whose driving distance is 239 yards. Her score was helped by an Eagle from the fairway on par five eleven and 25 putts.
So Yeon had another up and down round. She had four birdies and one bogey through eleven holes for minus three. But then made four straight bogeys and made birdie on eighteen for a even par round. She only hit half of the fairways, so if she want to win again she needs to fix that.
In Gee Chun also had a strange round. She had three bogeys no birdies front nine, started back nine four straight birdies. But finished with bogeys on four of the last five holes. So she missed the cut in the last two Majors, counting last year USWO.
A Lim Kim I guess decided to join did I do that crew. She had three birdies no bogeys on her front nine. Gave them back with three bogeys and no birdies back nine. At plus four missed the cut on her first two starts on the LPGA.
One of Golf Week headlines yesterday was Michelle Wie West is back. I guess after she shot 79 today, tomorrow Headline will be never mind. Back to covering the ANWA