This event is infamous for the pink bikini contest ... will they still have it?
I'm assuming the annual bikini contest has fallen victim to COVID protocols, or you would have surely posted photos by now.
It's too early to say ... they usually bring in the girls after the first or second round. The Samantha Thavasa staffers like Kotono Kozuma would be up on a stage with a microphone during the preliminaries tossing out swag to the crowd.
It appears that the bikini girls are out this year, and I don't think the pandemic is the only reason. It's apparent in the tournament title, and also based on the TV Tokyo commercials, that the GMO Internet Group is very much the lead sponsor of this tournament ... even had a complex spot featuring staffer Hana Wakimoto, who is struggling to keep her card. Samantha Thavasa is relegated to junior partner of this event ... their commercial came across as staid and conservative, as if they're trying to clean up its act (hence, the lack of girls). There were no golf visuals in ST's ad and their staffers are barely visible on the tour these days ... Natsuka Hori almost always trunk slams and Kotono Kozuma, sporting a one-piece fat suit the last couple of years, isn't doing much better.
Kotone Hori got inside the top ten at minus nine after birdie on fifteen. But she must have talked to Yui about how to finish a round. She made bogey on two of the last three holes to drop to a fourteenth tie.
One of the more interesting winner's WITB - for all you hackers out there (including me), check your egos in the parking lot. Wakabayashi had a streak of 85 straight holes without a bogey covering the last two events.