Kicks off Friday for a field of 108 ... top-50 plus ties make the cut. A large pic of Shibuno Fever is shamelessly on the tournament poster ... needless to say, she is NOT here. A max of 5,000 humans will be allowed on the premises per day.
Regular TV sked ... let's see if NTV will fool me again this week:
Friday: 2:30 - 3:30 PM (LIVE, Japan time)
aqstream.com/jp/ntvn/NTV-News24 or aqstream.com/jp/ntvn/NTV-News24-2
Sunday: 3:00 - 4:25 PM (Tape, Japan time)
Stuff is still sifting through the Internet police for rogue YouTube videos ... try this search:
Chairwoman Mao was a DNS (neck pain) and Maiko Wakabayashi dropped out early in the week (The Bug).
Only 25 minutes in this rogue video of the tricked out #1st hole (par 4, 372 yards) ... yes, I remember this one ... a long driver is rewarded with a her ball on a downslope in a patch of rough that separates two sections of the fairway. However, the rough isn't that penal ... you'll see SW Bae stiff her approach out of that stuff. I'm surprised Bae is grouped with two players who are not A-listers ... that could change quite soon ... she is now -2 thru nine holes, one shot off the lead ... she is WAY overdue to win again.
SW Bae and Reika Usui (who should never cover her face)
The edited broadcast showed only the last hole of the playoff, which ran for six holes (played par-5 18th over and over). This rogue video is running live now, which appears to be the broadcast I watched as it skipped to the 6th playoff hole:
The winner with low am Rin Yoshida ... it would have been a better pic with Yoshida One and Yoshida Two.
This sequence killed Yoshida One ... her third shot on the 6th playoff hole was almost pin-high (don't know the club or yardage), but the ball hit the green like a marble and took off into the collar ... made an excellent chip and saved par, but Uetake made birdie.
Can't recall see this before ... color-coordinated club face and grip ... or is the sun reflecting off her skirt?