The 40th edition of this event will star the Kawana Hotel - Fuji golf course, ranked #2 in Japan, #2 in Asia and #42 in the world ... all the people there are incidental. It starts Friday for a field of 108 with the top-50 plus ties making the cut. The field was completed with a Monday qualifier ... 12 players (including seven amateurs) made it from a field of 45.
Regular TV (Japan time) -
SAT 3:30 PM
SUN 1:00 PM
There are other channels involved, of course ... try YouTube search:
Saiki Fujita picked up her sixth career ace at #17 (172 yards), worth 5 million Yen. I guess the cameraman was on lunch, because it's not included in the JLPGA official highlight reel or in a couple of rogue videos.
Both Yui Kawamoto and Kotone Hori finished even par. Neither had good back nines Kotone two birdies one bogey front, one bogey back. Yui needs to get over her phobia about finishing rounds. She had three birdies one bogey front nine, finished with bogeys on seventeen and eighteen.
Didn't feel like getting up at 2:30 AM for the regular broadcast, so I watched a couple of rogue videos later ... covered mostly the middle holes with the final group of Takahashi, Fujita and Matsumori. The course didn't play hard for them and the weather was perfectly benign. The cut was Even and 50 players made it.
A day late, but not a dollar short ... worth almost $39K USD ... Saiki Fujita's ace on Friday: