My field rating for this tournament is a pretty solid 66% (up from 64% last year). Eleven of the top 14 players from this week's Rolex Rankings will be in attendance.
Top players skipping this week's event include: Nelly Korda Hyo Jo Kim Jessica Korda Hannah Green Lizette Salas Shanhan Feng Charley Hull Yu Liu Inbee Park Georgia Hall Amy Olson Hee Young Park Leona Maguire
Two long time Rolex Rankings players dropped out of the top 100 this week. Those players are Chella Choi and Eun-Hee Ji. Ga Young Lee and Ji Hyun Oh, also fell out of the top 100. Those four players will no longer be part of my field ratings.
They are being replaced with: Su Oh, Perrine Delacour, Momoko Osato, and Mi Jeong Jeon
Monday qualifier Babe Liu, best-known for being Dumbo's buddy at Dr. Won Park's robot factory, is going down the drain, 75 (+4). The caddie list says Minami Levonowich is on her bag ... I think she is a half-U.S., half-Japanese pro who has flunked out of JLPGA q-school at least once.
MHL opened with 71 (E) ... I'll take it. That doesn't look like the Autopower shaft in her driver anymore. Per the caddy list, "Harris" is looping for her.
Looks like we are back to the birdie fest this week. At least some of the Sisters took advantage! Great opening round 8 under 63s by Eun Hee Ji and A Lim Kim. I would especially love to see A Lim make some noise this week. Nice 66 by In Gee, three back at the moment. Jin Young had a 68, so she'll have to make a lot more birdies to be a factor. Six, So Yeon and Sung Hyun shot 69s and now have to worry about the cut! Sigh...
So Yeon pointing left or right after hitting a shot is how her game has gone lately. She does hit some good shots, so her game is fixable. First thing is to slow her hip turn down, it's too fast.
Jordan Spieth was able to escape the Altus brainwashing facility, take a 15 minute lesson from Butch and turn back into an elite player. Maybe SYR needs to do the same. I wish she'd stayed on the West Coast.
It looks like MHL (-1) will crawl under the fence and make it to Sunday. She is one of twenty-one players at T-64 ... I don't think there aren't enough players still out there who can realistically climb up to -2. Btw, Sung Hung (-1) has five bogeys in her last nine holes with one hole remaining.
There's a chance MHL will get grouped with BadA$$ (-1) tomorrow ... those two probably haven't played together in a long time.
ROGERS, AR - SEPTEMBER 25: Kim Sei-young of Korea takes her second shot from the second hole fairway during the second round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club on September 25, 2021 in Rogers, Arkansas. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
Six has hit 35/36 greens so far this week (!). Today her putting finally took advantage, and she shot a great 63 to move to within 2. I hope she has Minjee in her sites for a little payback! Hopefully Nasa is done making aces (she's had two so far this week!).
Can Eun Hee Ji become the oldest Korean to ever win on tour? Odds are against it, but she's doing great so far, and she's just 1 back.
Jin Young had a tidy 66, but made a bogey, her first in several rounds. She's still not quite got the measure of the greens, but she's just four back. She'll need a fantastic score to win, but I think she has one in her.
In Gee never got going today, alas, but she still has a very outside chance if she goes ultra low. And don't forget A Lim! She's just four back herself. With her length, she might get another low one tomorrow...