Begins Friday for a field of 108 ... top-50 plus ties make the cut ... a max of 5,000 spectators per day. I assume The Shinster is injured ... not in the field and hasn't played since the opener in Okinawa.
Yui reeled off five birdies on her first nine holes of Friday ... but she's only two-under. She took the shutterbugs by surprise ... I don't think any are following her as I haven't seen a pic of her from a couple of sources that do frequent updates.
Ji Hee Lee making her first JLPGA start of 2022 ... one-under after nine holes.
I'm in blackout mode until 3 AM EST, but I came across this interesting pic from Round Three ... amateur SeRi Seri Yuasa with coach/looper Sho Aoki. Mr. Aoki is best-known for being Shibuno Fever's coach in 2019, but didn't they part ways around last year? I can't remember.
Tough round for Kotone Hori, she did start out with birdies on the first four holes. However after that she had three straight bogeys on the front nine. She made birdie on ten but finished double, par, bogey, bogey.
Yui Kawamoto had three sixes on the front nine. Two on par fives and of course a double on nine. Made a birdie on twelve but just made a bogey on fifteen. Done for the night.
The broadcast started with Momoko Ueda rolling in a birdie putt at #13 to take a two-shot lead ... about eight minutes later, the NTV stream froze and died. ... so I went back to the KLPGA stream, which had a better finish.
This video has the last four groups playing the 1st hole ... the entire Binder showed up to watch Yui at 4:39 -