While I don't think much of Beth Ann and absolutely would not like to see most tournaments be set up so easy like this, I do think it's fun a couple times a year to see so.e low scores. It creates a different challenge, and favors a different type of player. As much, as I hate the way announcers overuse "not afraid to go low", there's definitely a mind fuck that happens with consecutive under par holes/rounds.
Plus, a bonus is that it provides better opportunity for old records to get broken!! Sister up those record books! 🥳
EDIT: Just noticed how many Americans missed the cut. Most or close to it. Heh, don't think we have to worry too much about this being a regular thing if that turns out to be the result.
I turned the stream on and saw a 446 yard par five down wind. Decided this is not a professional golf Tournament. Will try to catch some of the JLPGA tonight where they still play Professional Golf.
LOL, posting of the month candidate ... at least "Hogan's Heroes" is only 32 minutes from now.
Great job by Leona leading the pandemic spare tire division, but she is alright in my book. I don't remember her going after the ball so viciously compared to 3-4 years ago ... it's really working ... just holed out for a two at the par-4 15th. I haven't see the correct angle of her to see if she still has an ultra-weak grip ... I'm guessing it is the same now or else she'd be hooking the ball into Guam. Of course, she is playing with MHL, who I've seen only on the edge of the TV screen, which happens when you play Even golf and drop like a stone.
So Yeon didn't have a good day doing this birdie fest. She had two early bogeys, had only four birdies and one bogey after that. She will probably need to get to seventeen under for a top ten.
Jeongeun Lee6 had a better round today with six birdies. She only had one bogey which is a step in the right direction. She has a lot tougher time to get a top ten.
Sei Young and some of the other Sisters are in decent shape. But I am afraid that they will have to go really low, for an outside chance to win.
It will be hard to catch Nelly Korda , Lydia Ko. I really don't think that Lydia can get it done unless Nelly falters. However Nelly has been known to not finish a Tournament. So the other Golfers has that in the back of their mind.
I bet they are thinking of adding two or three more par fives to help for Lexi Thompson.(kidding)
Watching all these players go mega low is just so boring. You should feel excited shooting a 67; here, you are going to lose if you do that. It just amazes me that every single one of the commentators is on the same page about this. I guess they are dying for the start of the Sarah Schmelzel era. And you have to admit it's kind of a laugh to hear them pretend that it's some kind of an achievement to shoot in the mid-sixties when literally half the field is doing it.
The other thing that sucks about it is that we are guaranteed that the winner will be one of the top four on the leaderboard. There simply is no way, no matter how low you go, you can catch up with them, because at least one of them is sure to shoot a 65. And to be honest, it's almost certainly going to be Korda, which probably explains why the commentators are so happy.
These types of events are usually bad for the Sisters because not many of them are known for going low. Koreans are great because they don't make dumb mistakes and are mentally tough, not because they shoot 63s. For instance, I looked at In Gee's scores throughout her LPGA career, and she's only broken 65 a few times. The one exception to this pattern is Sei Young Kim, she is quite capable of going low and has done so many times. But there's no way she's making up 7 shots on this course unless she shoots a 60.
Would love to see Amy Yang at least scare the leaders; she still has never won an LPGA event in the States. Sei Young and Hyo Joo are well positioned for top fives. Inbee, Ayyyy Lim and So Yeon have shots at top tens. I'm rooting for them but not expecting to see them too often unless one or more make a massive run. In Gee hasn't played too badly, and who knows, maybe she has a great score in her tomorrow. I'm hoping either she or Lee6 can go super low just to increase their confidence going forward.
Still hoping at least a few of the Koreans can produce some magic tomorrow, and will root for a few top fives. Sisters hwaiting!!!
Haeji Kang & Amy Yang went live on Instagram last night on the beach at dusk. I asked Haeji whether, Kong Kang, her adorable Pomeranian was there but I didn't get a reply. Four people, including me got to watch them frolic in the surf.
Before the round, I was hoping for a Nelly/Lydia duel but Nelly didn't hold up her part of the bargain. Lydia started relatively slow but after that great par save on 4, she didn't look back. Tremendous play. She has completed her transformation from "toast" (she never really was) to sourdough starter.
It took longer than I expected for the other players to get to -20 and four ended up at -21 to tie for second led by Inbee's 63.
Congratulation to Lydia Ko for a dominate win. She has total control of her game right now. I had my doubts about her getting it done. But I was dead wrong and glad that I was. Because all through her struggles she was always nice and Professional.
Some one asked Inbee Park "how did you play today." "Oh I shot nine under par and twenty one under total. Great did you get the win. No I was tied with four other golfers, seven strokes behind the winner. Really!!!"
Great second place ties for Sei Young Kim, Leona Maguire and Nelly Korda.
Kudos: To Jenny Shin with tie for low round of the day and top ten. Also good top tens for Amy Yang and A Lim Kim after her last two missed cuts.
So Yeon made birdies on sixteen and seventeen that gave her five for the day. It also got her to seventeen under which I thought would give her a top ten. But she made bogey on eighteen to drop to sixteen under. Which as it turned out she needed to birdie eighteen to get to eighteen under for top ten. So the bogey only cost her a few bucks.
By the way this Golf Course set up did not help the USA golfers. If that was their intentions or maybe it wasn't. They may have just wanted to see a birdie fest. Because the US golfers had only two top tens and four top twenties.