Not surprisingly, with a leaderboard full of Sisters who could win, it's Buhai who walks off with the trophy, as I predicted yesterday. I can't wait until the Sisters get over this endless slump...
I'm gutted for Grace Kim. The coverage was again heavily men-centric, and they skipped essential moments. But how does an Aussie crew justify this: an Aussie 21-year-old, tied for the lead with one hole to go, and they don't show a single shot of hers until she's putting on the green? Well, somehow she was left with a twenty-foot par save, missed that and the bogey as well and that was it. She just needed a par on the final par 5 to force a playoff with Buhai.
Shin hit a superlative approach on 18 to about five feet, giving herself the birdie chance she needed to tie. Buhai missed her much long birdie try, so Shin had a playoff in her hands, and of course barely missed. She had earlier barely missed a shortish eagle try (stopped on the lip). It's been that kind of year. Nice runner-up anyways.
So Yeon had fallen apart earlier, and I don't think they even showed her once that I recall. They showed Min Woo in the woods trying to extricate himself for what seemed like five minutes while skipping the ladies. I like Min Woo, but that was really annoying.
Jenny Shin had a great day, but she was too far back. So we ended up with: So Yeon 7th, Jenny 6th, Minjee 5th, Grace 4th, and Jiyai 2nd. Great job by those ladies; enjoy the off season!
So Yeon Ryu didn't have a good Final round, but a top ten finish is worth the trip. She made eight birdies on the weekend which was great. She didn't have any big numbers Final round but six bogeys. Since she is making birdies, she is hitting quality shots, so there is hope for 2023.
Apparently, they were not providing predictable courtesy cars for the players; some got them, some didn't. Jiyai didn't, and when she tried to take a bus (!), she was told she wasn't allowed to bring her clubs on board. I guess she eventually arranged a cab, but wow, not a good look for the tournament.