We are really blessed to see one of the all-time greats playing at this time. When Jin Young locks into her prime form, it's a marvel to see. Everything was working for her on Friday, especially on the back nine. She hit some amazing putts, and even when she missed, like on 18, she gave herself a good chance on a tough hole. I'm rooting hard to see her get back on the winning track.
Inbee also brought her best stuff, including a chip-in and some nice putts. It's amazing that her putting has been her prime weakness this year, but if she can keep doing stuff like she did in her 67 on Friday, we'll be seeing Queen Bee before long.
Sei Young was literally all over the map. She had a birdie, then a bogey, then a double, then an eagle... In fact, two eagles on Friday. The pieces are there, she just has to collect them.
The people who played afternoon-morning really had the worse weather this week, and alas In Gee was one of those and missed the cut by a shot. But Hye Jin managed to just make it, so she has another shot this weekend.
Rocket, meanwhile, had a totally Rocket round: On her front (the back nine), she had 4 birdies in 6 holes. Then on the front nine, 4 bogies in 6 holes. In the end, an even par round. At least she has a big fanbase here: she is a member.
For most of the day this was a decent round for Jin Young. She didn't make any appreciable mistakes, rescued pars when she needed, and even got away with a sloppy approach on 16 by dunking a fifteen-foot bogey save.
But boy, what happened on 17?? She hits her approach into some mud next to a seven-foot-tall cement (?) wall. There was almost no chance she was getting that out, and even if she did, she would have probably had no chance to save par. Obviously, her only choice was to drop back a ways, hit an approach and try to save bogey. Worst she gets that way is double.
I'll be interested in hearing her thinking because she tried to punch it out, and hit the top of the wall and ended up with it back in the muck. Then she tried AGAIN and did the same thing. Why? I can't see any upside to that decision. So unlike her.
Well, if I know Jin Young, she is going to go on a holy mission tomorrow. I wouldn't count her out at all, even at five back. Look how she handled 18: took a risk, got it close and drilled a rare birdie. If whatever she does tomorrow ain't enough, so be it, but here's hoping she makes some noise on Sunday!
Inbee was solid, and Haeji did well, so we have three Sisters at 6 under, all just far enough back that winning could be a challenge. But again, Hataoka will be in the crosshairs, and she is about due a lesser round this week, so a surprise winner is a very real possibility. Let's see if the Sisters can keep their eyes on the prize. Go Sisters!!!!
Jin Young Ko made two decision that was unlike her. On sixteen she could have probably saved par or at least an easy bogey. She tried to get too cute and was lucky to save bogey. I need to say anything about seventeen that hasn't already been said. However she steadied herself and made birdie on eighteen. Even the great ones make mistakes, how they respond is what defines them.
Good rounds by Haeji Kang, Chella Choi and Sei Young Kim. To join Jin Young and Inbee Park, who had another great round in top ten.
Post by legitimategolf on Apr 24, 2022 4:05:06 GMT
Maybe she is just more balls to the wall than anybody ever realized and we just don't see that side of her because she never hits it into trouble. Made me sick to watch but I admired the effort. She is the absolute queen after all. Looking forward to whatever she and Inbee come up with tomorrow.
Check out "Mrs" Chella Choi trying to bring home the bacon.
Jin Young on 17 was insane - I was hoping she'd try a 3rd time, haha. Just a crazy decision to even try the first time - 2nd time was maybe just cause she's stubborn. Her expression hardly changed through the whole ordeal. Why didn't her caddy stop her from that first idiotic try, though? The wall was, what, less than a yard away from her?
But then, yes, long birdie putt on 18 and she was back to normal. Don't think she has a chance tomorrow - but who knows.
It was totally a crazy attempt -- like you say, she would have had to hit it basically straight up to get over that wall, she was virtually right next to it. The eventual approach she hit after the drop wasn't very good and she still only took two more shots to get finished. Had she avoided the nonsense, she gets a double at worst, possibly a bogey with just a slightly better approach.
I kept trying to rationalize what I was watching -- perhaps it wasn't really as close as it looked, or Jin Young had something amazing up her sleeve? Nope.
At the BMW last year, Hee Jeong was playing a practically perfect event, had a four-shot lead, and made no bogies on Sunday, and still lost to Jin Young. If Ko is motivated, she totally can still win this. I hope she thinks JKH ('Just Keep Hwaiting'), ya never know what might happen!!