Beth Ann is getting her wish to water down the LPGA with all the low scores today. So Yeon decided to join the party. I haven't watched any of the Tournament, but I bet they are playing lift and cheat. (Oh sorry I meant to say preferred lies.
The course is definitely playing a bit too easy right now, so I hope they either trick it up a bit or the wind kicks up on the weekend. Still, it was a decent start for the Sisters. In the morning we got So Yeon, Sei Young, Mi Hyang and Hyo Joo up near the top. Weirdly, Inbee was the one player who didn't do much.
The afternoon was supposedly tougher, but there were still some good moves for the Sisters. In Gee finished well with two birdies, and also had a holeout for eagle. She's at 4 under, t-14th. Lee6 started with a double bogey, but rallied and shot a 69. Even A Lim Kim managed a 70 and might make her first cut.
I foolishly thought with a Wednesday start, there was no way today's broadcast would be affected by any other event. Ha! Delayed an hour by an amateur event! Amateur is right. The guy in the dorky hat played terrible in the playoffs and still won.
I wonder if Kapolei will remain the course for the tournament. I hope not. I loved the Ko'Olina resort with the course just across the street from the hotels. I would have to rent a car to attend it here.
As I am writing this, the last group is finishing up round 1. A lot of good scores. Even Na Yeon Choi shot -3.
Even Jenny Shin shot -3! I think the only time I saw Ingee on the coverage was a replay of her hole out from the fairway. Never saw anything after that. And they showed Lee6 early, when she was struggling, but then didn't cover her when she was working her way back into a decent score. And I saw all 4 hours on the international GolfTV, not pre-empted by college golf. Lots of Stanford and Stacey and Brooke and the Kordas...Lydia, and Ariya struggling, occasionaly her sis, who was actually doing better. And no Shibuno - is she already forgotten by the US golf media?!
Fairways are absurdly wide open, but greens seem to be somewhat difficult - elevated, smallish, with contours. Many players couldn't seem to read the speed or the subtle breaks.
It was so great to see So Yeon show up on the first page of the Leaderboard. It hasn't happened to much lately, usually have to scan down to find her.
I saw In Gee, Jeongeun Lee and A Lim slow starts and thought "oh no.". However they all came back with decent rounds. Jeongeun Lee actually had seven birdies. A Lim finished with birdies on three of the last four holes.
Yui Kawamoto has been hanging with the elite. She needs to start playing like an elite Golfer.
These guys are something else. The graphics displayed when Yuka Saso is on screen show a Japanese flag next to her name. ... even though she has a Philippines flag next to her name on the lpga.com leaderboard, as well as everywhere else in her whole career!!! On the other hand, Mina Harigae is one shot under the cut line after eight holes, so it's unlikely they'll kidnap her from U.S. soil.
This is getting really serious ... today was Suzuka Yamaguchi's 22nd trunk slam in her last 23 LPGA starts going back to 2019. The only issue now is if Yani Toast will reclaim the cellar from her by the end of the day ... it's gonna be close.
From this hacker's eye, there is absolutely nothing wrong with these positions, but why does she still play like crap? Anyone know who her coach is? Even David Bedwetter could improve her at this stage.
So Yeon had an ok round with four birdies and one bogey on front nine. But she managed only one birdie on the back nine. She didn't have many good birdie chances on the back nine. Still minus eleven going into the weekend is really good.
Hyo Joo Kim climbed up the Leaderboard with one bogey, six birdies and an Eagle. However they didn't show her once on the Broadcast I believe.
Inbee Park was hanging around the cut line at minus two the front nine. But she took care business with thirty one on the back nine.
Another day, another absurd bunch of low scores. Is this really the best way to honor the women? Hmmm...
Nice thing is that at least a few of the Sisters were among the low scorers. Lydia seems to be continuing her good form from the ANA with another great two days. So Yeon got a lot of air time, and she deserved it, shooting a tidy 68 to move to third place. Hyo Joo, meanwhile, got almost no air time, yet she, too, is at 11 under. Since Hyo Joo is the player So Yeon will have to displace to make the Olympic team, it should be interesting to see who comes out on top the next two days.
A Lim finally awoke the giant within with a nice little ol'64, which even on this course ain't too bad. Perhaps she'll even get a little air time tomorrow!! Hope so; she needs to send a message that this isn't going to be a one horse race in the ROY.
Mi Hyang and Sei Young are at 9 under, which, even though seven back, is actually still in this. Inbee, meanwhile, rallied big time, shooting a 66 to move to 7 under.
Shout out to Amy Yang on her ace, the third of the year. And In Gee is another at 7 under. At nine back, it seems hard to believe she has any chance, but a top five is still doable for sure.