By the way, I read that this was Jin Young's third straight over par round. Not so bad? This is the FIRST time since she joined the LPGA that she had three straight over par rounds.
And she's had more double or worse in the past couple months as I her own career. She keeps talking about putting when she's barely hitting fairways. Who is this new coach? They've broken the perfect golfer. Bring back Si Woo!!
Having the cut at the top 65 players and ties made a big difference. +4 ended up barely missing the cut and affected 17 players. 65 players on the nose made the cut. Those missing the cut include Jin Young Ko who has her streak snapped.
Great to see Inbee contending again and In Gee is looking very comfortable.
The contingent of Japanese players were a mixed bag. Last week's winner Ayako Furue missed the cut as did Minami Katsu. Miyu Yamashita and Smiling Cinderella are in the top ten.
Another great round by In Gee Chun, especially on the back nine. With four birdies and a great par save on eighteen.
A great round by Inbee Park with five birdies and one bogey. Probably one of a few players if any that made birdie on eighteen. She reminded me of the tough, great golfer Mi Hyun Kim. Carving those approach shots into the greens , with hybrids and woods. What also helped is she only missed two fairways.
Hyo Joo Kim had a great round also with seven birdies and two bogeys. The Golf Chanel finally showed her and other golfers having great rounds. After their favorite Henderson finished her round.
Jeongeun Lee6 had a mixed bag with six birdies and three bogeys. Finally got to see her swing the club and her swing looks the same as always. So it must be timing and not making putts. Tied for eleventh place I hope she can improve.
So Yeon Ryu started with bogeys on hole one and two. She had three birdies and no bogeys until she made a double on eighteen.
A shout out to JLPGA golfer Kotone Hori minus three today. Minus two tied for seventeenth place
Jin Young Ko made Eagle on five to get to +3, but finished bogey, birdie, bogey, bogey. She only missed four fairways and four greens, drives 261 but had thirty three putts.
"The 2021 LPGA Player of the Year took some time off after winning the CME Group Tour Championship last November, putting her golf bag (mostly) away for nearly six weeks as she spent time back home in Korea before spending another month adjusting her backswing and rehabbing a lingering wrist injury."
So I guess the month Jin Young spent practicing wasn't trying to hit longer drives.
"Despite missing the cut, Ko will likely still lead the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings after this week. She currently sits at an average of 9.55 points. No. 2 Minjee Lee would have to win at Muirfield, earning 100 points in the process, to usurp the WWGR leader. She currently sits T-7 heading into the weekend in Scotland."
In Gee! Inbee! Hyo Joo! Six! Hye Jin! It was a lot of fun to watch today.
In Gee was really great today. She made mistakes, missing the occasional fairway or ending up in bunkers now and then. But she managed time and again to bail herself out, make clutch pars, and come up with unexpected birdies. On the par 5 she was over on one side, hit a great pitch and drilled a fifteen footer for birdie. On the final hole, she put her drive in the bunker, then gutted out a great par save to maintain the lead. When she does stuff like this, it feels like she is really in the mix to win.
Inbee hasn't played this well in months. This course plays to her strengths: she gets more length thanks to a lot of roll; she has the accuracy to keep out of bunkers; and she's making a lot of putts. Can she keep it up? If she can stay in the hunt through tomorrow, I like her chances.
Hye Jin wasn't great today, but she stayed solid and in the mix. Six almost had a sensational day, but she still played well enough to emerge from the shadows. Hyo Joo is a dark horse, but her putting is great, which means she could very well surprise.
A little bummed about Jin Young, but she'll be back. She's way too talented not to.