NEWS FLASH: Cyborg aced #8 (set at 130 yards) ... I wonder if ANY cameras were rolling at that time ... I can say from past observations at the Seaview that GC does NOT "flood the zone."
Heckuva round going for Ayako Uehara who might end up saving her career this week ... I wonder what her longest iron is these days ... maybe a PW ... and old Motion on her bag could get a nice payout, too.
While the LPGA dumbs down their golf courses, the JGA announced that they will set up Murasaki CC at a record length ... 6839 yards for the Japan Women's Open ... and this is supposed to be the minor leagues ... Shin Ae Ahn's decision to take a stab at the LPGA is looking better and better.
Memo to AMAZING(backwards 'C')RE: Your name and logo are hideous, your commercials on SBS Golf are tiresome and your golf fashions are completely forgettable. As icing on the cake, one of its staffers, Paphangkorn, mailed it in today with a 78 ... upon further analysis, she has mailed in the whole summer.
Just noticed Dori Carter's name (74, +2) ... no CME points ... did a look-up ... she bombed out of the Great Lakes team event, and that's it this year. I saw her at the Seaview in June talking to Mr. Callaway on the range, but she couldn't get into that tournament ... must have been there for the pro-ams. She must have a regular job ... hasn't played the Epson tour since 2019.
AVD making a significant CME push today at -3 thru 13 holes ... but never sustains it for two days in-a-row ... oh wait, the last person I said that about was Reto.
Post by verdantgarden on Sept 16, 2022 3:49:09 GMT
The course is just as beautiful as ever. The weather was perfect: calm, cloudy in the morning with the sun breaking through in the afternoon.
The low budget is apparent. Just two grandstands surrounding the 18th plus one small one by the 15th. No stands by the first tee. Don't remember that happening before. Most groups had no sign-bearers. There were even a few caddies that lacked player's names on their bibs.
Thanks to AmazingCre for sponsoring but the models they use look like they wouldn't know one end of a golf club from the other.
I was surprised by the larger than expected attendance. Both Nelly and Brooke had small crowds follow them.
I picked and chose groups throughout the day. I couldn't resist following Chella, Pornanong and Yealimi. Psychedelic! Dr Noh completed the set with her colorful floral bag.
I did briefly see MHL. Her caddy is an older fellow but quite fit.
Juli Inkster is staying at my hotel. She ordered an iced tea "as large as possible" for breakfast.
The 7th usually is drivable on this course; the 5th can be, but it's got a water hazard that I recall swallowed Michelle Wie's ball one year much to her disgust.
Hye Jin was going along well until she made a complete hash of 18. How she got out of there with only a double I don't know. She hit her drive into the woods, hacked it into the branches, punched it up to the vicinity of the green (but over where the fans sit near the 1st fairway), put her fourth well past the flag, and two putted. Still time for her to make amends tomorrow; she otherwise looked pretty sharp.
Not too much else going on for the Sisters. Maybe I should drive down there and give them a good talking to in order to inspire them? LOL
Shouldn't someone on here mention that Na-yeon is in the top 20, with rounds of 69, 70?! Tied wtih So-yeon, Chella, and Mi-hyang and only 5 back. Surely someone's actived the Wayback Machine. Thanks, Mr Peabody!
Post by verdantgarden on Sept 17, 2022 2:05:57 GMT
I think I will follow NYC tomorrow for old times sake.
Slightly cooler and somewhat cloudier today. Crowds about the same as yesterday. More marshalls and sign-bearers so I'm expecting all positions to be filled for the weekend.
I employed the same strategy as yesterday with a little bit of follow the leader late.
Karis Davidson has this habit of sticking back her left leg as if she was placing it in a starting block before straightening back up, even for putts.
I caught some action from Namdalla and Lucy Li. The latter was the cover girl on today's pairings sheet. Lucy wasn't too accurate off the tee and was just below the cut line. She did have a nice birdie on 17. She hit her second shot from the left rough leaving a downhill putt of 10 feet that she drained.
A couple of the leaders I followed were Tiffany Chan (celebrating a birthday) and Lilia Vu.
I was in the proximity of Inglis' ace on 13 but, alas, wasn't close enough to witness it. She had quite the fan club being from Eugene.
I took my daughter to the third round today, which inexplicably started really early. We followed Hye Jin Choi's group for seven holes (3 - 9), caught the end of her round, and saw a little of Na Rin An, who was impressive.
My impressions of Choi after seeing her in person for the first time: How is Hye Jin not a totally dominant superstar? Man is she incredible, in every facet of her game. She made her playing partners (Phatlum, whom my daughter nicknamed Phad Thai, and Gabsa) look like clowns. The only thing she did wrong was that her driving was a bit off at times, but even so, she rarely got into trouble. She should have birdied the third; had like a five-footer she missed. On four she drove into the FW bunker but got to the fringe and dunked a twenty-foot breaking birdie putt like it was nothing. Drove the green in two on five and barely missed an eagle. On six she again had a weak drive, missed the green but got up and down. Another barely missed eagle on 7 for birdie. On 8 she had a twenty-foot birdie try that nearly went. On nine she hit a superlative drive, iron to five feet, and again somehow missed the birdie when both her playing partners hit longer ones.
So, she was 4 under on the front, and with some luck could have been 6 or even 8 under.
I missed her double on 11, but I'm guessing it was her driving that caused it. On the par-3 13th she again was close and missed a short birdie. I caught up with her again at 17. She got up and down from the bunker. On 18, she hit a fantastic drive, hit her iron to about two feet and finished with a birdie.
All she needs is minor tweaking, I think. It's like tightening a few nuts on a Ferrari; once that happens, she's going to be aMahzing. Heck, she's already incredible, but just you wait. Hye Jin Hwaiting!
Post by verdantgarden on Sept 18, 2022 2:09:07 GMT
In honor of my 66th birthday, I decided to follow the veteran group of So Yeon Ryu, Georgia Hall and Na Yeon Choi.
I camped myself out by the first hole fairway to watch the tee shots of the first four groups before my group came through. Included in that parade was Hye Jin Choi. Happy Fan wrote that her driving was the only shaky facet of her game but not on this hole. Players usually use less than driver. I don't know what Hye Jin used but it was long and straight. The best I saw that morning although Na Rin An came close.
As my group was teeing off, a squirrel fell out of the tree next to me. A minute later, Hall's ball ricocheted off a marshall's thigh right behind a sequoia nearby. She was able to limit the damage to a bogey.
So Yeon birdied one and then birdied two with a sweet 20-foot putt. Ryu's problem is she can't hit straight. She can putt and had many par-savers. She made a mess of 12, a par five. Her second shot inexplicably went left behind a small tree. Her third punched out to the right rough still short of the green. Her fourth went just behind the green. Her chip was poor. Two putts, double bogey 😑.
NYC was never a powerful player, of course, but she had the finesse to contend once upon a time. Today she had no pop. Cold putter. Not converting the birdie at 14 hurt.
The tee at 17 was close by where I noticed Na Rin An was at 10 under. I followed her group home. I was an unlucky charm as she bogeyed 18 after finding the massive fairway bunker. Her third was a chip that went way past the hole.
I'll be following the lead groups tomorrow. Anybody's tournament.
Post by verdantgarden on Sept 19, 2022 2:14:01 GMT
Warmest of the four days but still relatively calm wind. Crowds decent sized with definitely the most children of the four days.
I was just hanging around the first few holes trying to figure out which group to hang with. Saw that Hye Jin Choi had started double bogey, bogey and knew she was out. However, playing partner Wei Wei Zhang was in the midst of a four birdie streak so why not follow this group.
I stuck with them through 10 holes until my stomach alarm went off. As I was finishing my lunch, the final group was finishing nine. I kept with this group to the finish so I guessed right.
I witnessed Furue's eagle on 10. The LPGA clip shows me in the background.
Eventual winner Andrea Lee was throwing darts at the hole ⛳. Birdieing 13, 14 and 16.
Great tournament. Congratulations Andrea.
Driving back to my hotel, I saw Lilia Vu in the Marriott parking lot. Gave her a shout-out on her great result.
"So Yeon birdied one and then birdied two with a sweet 20-foot putt. Ryu's problem is she can't hit straight. She can putt and had many par-savers. She made a mess of 12, a par five. Her second shot inexplicably went left behind a small tree. Her third punched out to the right rough still short of the green. Her fourth went just behind the green. Her chip was poor. Two putts, double bogey 😑."
So Yeon Ryu was one of the best ball strikers on Tour until she decided to add more distance. Before that it was so great watching her because from the Fairway she would always have a twenty foot or less birdie putt. Her only problem was missing short putts her first year, getting use to the greens.
The swing change worked great three fourth of the twenty seventeen season. The last part of the season she lost her number one Ranking and almost lost the Player of The Year. Her problem was she started to miss left which is a golfer's nightmare. She has looked good at times but not on a regular bases,
Good news, great round by Na Rin An six birdies and an eagle to climb to a tie for third place.