LPGA: 2021 LPGA Mediheal Championship Jun 13, 2021 2:11:46 GMT
Post by philknj on Jun 13, 2021 2:11:46 GMT
Lookout, Morgan has the double-strand pearls going today. News flash - she gave some info that I didn't know before (after being set up by Boone): A Lim Kim touches her left shoulder as she gets ready to putt, which is a tip from coach Ron Stockton that helps get her shoulders parallel to her putting line.
Earlier in the day, The Old Ko is talking to her looper about how she plans to hit an approach iron into a green (maybe 130 yards out) and the guy (Derek Kistler, whoever he is) replies, "yeah, I like that." ... such reassurance, and then she hits it lousy and make bogey. Does Tina have Larry the Looper's number?
For someone who has $2,243 in the bank for 2021, Lauren Kim showed me a pretty sound driver swing at #15. With much less "visible effort", she is carrying her driver well past the stevedore thrusts of Leona Maguire.
Give credit where it's due ... Morgan said Min Lee is the only player she has ever seen hit balls cross-handed on the range (as a drill). Every course and booth analyst should be spending as much time as possible on the range, on the practice greens, in the short game areas, in the tour gear vans and maybe in the physio van, too. Do this to gather as much trivia as possible on as many players as possible (is a stack of index cards too old school? ). Then keep dribbling out these factoids during the broadcast ... if it is done enough, you won't have time to drone on about "grinders", "grinding" and "grinding it out".
BTW, I saw Charlie Owens hit cross-handed for real at the 1992 Bell Atlantic Classic (senior tour) ... low ball flight.
They said Min Lee just turned 26 ... I thought she was older than that. She has been hanging around the fringes of the LPGA for quite a while. She was gaming Akira Prototype (KS 301 model?) irons at the Seaview in 2019 ...wonder what she has now. The week before, she won with Larry the Looper at Valley Forge ... who did NOT follow her to AC. If my memory serves me correctly, she has pro wins in Red China and Taiwan ... it would be helpful is someone at GC did some homework tonight to confirm this.
Back to A Lim Kim ... there is much to like here: little fist pumps after making putts, smiles and laughs (the lousy mask appears to be gone for good ) ... the tour frumps haven't gotten to her (yet).
... and she is A-Okay in the visuals and stylin' departments ... works in classic FJ saddle shoes with some nice Fantom outfits and Druh belts. I'm drawing a blank on who wears this style of shoe now ... was Morgan the de-facto retiree the last one?
Her looper is not listed on the LPGA site this week, but he appears to be Graeme Courts, who has been with her all year. Past Getty pics indicate he was with The Hulk during HSBC luggage week in 2016, along with Weirsy at the 2019 Masters. Also had some work 12+ years ago with Rickie Fowler and Loren Roberts.
DALY CITY, CA - JUNE 12: A Lim Kim of South Korea hits a shot on the 8th hole during the round three of the LPGA Mediheal Championship at Lake Merced Golf Club on June 12, 2021 in Daly City, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)