The season kick-off is March 3 thru 6 on Okinawa and the full field of 108 (including five amateurs) has been posted ... and no Ting Ting. Two other surprise absentees are SW Bae and Min Young Lee, plus we already know that Momoko Ueda is playing in Singapore the same week. Big Mama Ahn is supposed to make a comeback in 2022, but it won't be here. The Unknown Korean (Hana Lee) will tee it up ... and so will Bo Mee Lee. Everyone would LOVE to see Smile Candy win again, but that hasn't happened since 2017 ... and what's the point after 21 JLPGA wins anyway? She's pushing 34 and is running up against her biological clock.
They'll have smatterings of TV for all four days. The link below will have some of it on the weekend (Japan time) -
Hina (The Face) Arakaki has gone all in with Taylormade in 2022 ... dumped Srixon after 2022 and dabbled with Callaway in 2021 while Munsingwear had front stage on her cap ... has a TM glove below, so she might be using a TM ball, too.
Two big guns are starting the season club contract-free:
1.) Erika Hara
Until this week, she had Mizuno on her caps/visors going back to her amateur days. She still has Mizzy irons, but dumped their woods in favor of Callaway ... said she reduced her spin with Cally's Rogue ST LS Triple Diamond driver.
She is -1 thru 9 holes.
2.) Sayaka Takahashi
No more club contract, but she still has a ball contract with Bridgestone. She used a Bridgestone driver last year.
She is Even thru 10 holes.
1W: Tailor-made stealth 9.0 degrees Fujikura NX 50S 45.75 inches 3W: Tailor Made 15 Degree SIM2 MAX EVO6 569 S 5W: Tailor Made 18 Degree SIM2 MAX EVO6 569 S 4U: JGR H4 22 degrees Attus EZ 5-S 5I, 6I: Tailor Made P790 N.S.PRO 850 R 6I ～ PW: X-CB Forged N.S.PRO 850 R W: Vokey SM8 50, 54, 58 degrees N.S.PRO 850 R PT: Tailor Made Truss TP Collection BALL: Bridgestone Tour B XS * Pull out 4U or 5I depending on the situation
The live TBS broadcast worked perfectly this AM ... 54 minutes, but not a second longer ... never saw Watanabe's par saver putt attempt at # 18 (she made it).
A few rogue YT videos were posted ... they probably won't last, but here's the GOLFTV version of what I saw (they used different camera angles compared to TBS) ... Watanabe's eagle hole-out at #17 starts at the 19-minute mark ... and her left-handed bunker putt at #18 starts at 44:25 -
POS PLAYER SCORE HOLE TODAY 1R 2R 3R 4R TOTAL 1T Ayaka Watanabe -10 F -3 67 70 69 206 1T Au-Reum Hwang -10 F -2 69 67 70 206 3 Yuna Nishimura -7 F -3 71 69 69 209 4T Kotone Hori -6 F -1 71 68 71 210 4T Mone Inami -6 F -4 73 69 68 210 4T Ayako Kimura -6 F -3 71 70 69 210 4T Ai Suzuki -6 F -4 73 69 68 210 8T Miyu Sato -5 F -4 68 75 68 211 8T Mao Saigo -5 F -3 69 73 69 211 8T Minami Katsu -5 F -3 69 73 69 211 8T Haruka Morita -5 F -3 70 72 69 211 8T Teresa Lu -5 F -1 68 72 71 211
Ah Reum Hwang using the latest Onoff Kuro driver ... at one point, she was ahead at -14.
Miyuu Yamashita (-2)
Erika Hara (-1) won't get that boat
Mone Iname ... if anyone can go crazy low on Sunday ...