Well look at the featured pairings. They kept showing Paula even when she was six over. Hardly any KLPGA golfers. Why interview the one time wonder Mo Martin. I like Michelle Wie, but her golf game is nothing special.
More pesky facts that interfere with Mr3putts theories.
LPGA.com ================= "HOT TICKET IN TOWN
Many Korean players made arrangements months in advance to secure tickets for family and friends for this week’s event and the KEB-HanaBank Championship is one of the hottest tickets in town.
On NAVER.com (the Google equivalent in Korea) – “Hana Bank LPGA Championship tickets” has been the seventh-most searched phrase on internet amongst the working professionals demographic in Korea this week. Haeji Kang was among many players with her own personal gallery and she said her group of supporters will grow as the week goes on. Some of her cousins carried around a banner that said, “Smile, Angel” in Korean.
“I think my personal gallery will be different every day but today my parents were here and my cousin and my cousin's friends were here,” said Kang. “Everyone was as you mentioned very supportive of me and I think that helps my game and definitely helps me mentally and helps me relax.” ====================
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Last Edit: Oct 16, 2014 20:29:04 GMT by SayYouSeRi
Did you watch last night's coverage of the Hana....there weren't earth shattering galleries.
FACT Maybe only 200-300 fans were following the premier group of Inbee, MW & Creamer FACT There were empty grandstands
Women's golf is popular in S. Korea...so where are the fans? One would think that even on a Thursday.....the Hana (the only stop in S. Korea where many of the world's best female golfers attend/play) could pull in men major like galleries....you would not see empty grandstands on a Thursday at The Masters, USO, Open Championship or PGA Championship. There are over 25 million people to pull from metro Seoul.
Are there any other members here who feel the gallery size was disappointing based on S. Korea's admiration for women's golf?
I'm sure a bunch of fans will show up by the weekend. That seems to be the pattern in most KLPGA events I've watched. And anyway, I heard a lot of cheering, so even if the fans were not visible, they were sure vocal, which made for a fun watching experience.
A bit of a bummer that none of the KLPGA golfers did that well. Some did horrifically: Ha Na Jang was over 80 (!). Hopefully we can see a few make a run on day two and get into this. It's been a banner year for the KLPGA, and I would really love to see a couple of these gals contend this week.
Then again, the conditions were foul to some of the LPGA Sisters as well. So Yeon +4, NYC +3, Inky +3. So much for Inbee's bridesmaids, but Inbee herself was not too bad considering all the distractions.
Craziest shot: Ko hitting the green from the next fairway over with a blind shot. Then making birdie.
Minjee Lee, Amy Yang and Mirim Lee all brought their top notch stuff as well. IT was fun to watch.
Round 2 went a lot better for the KLPGA golfers! It was great to see In Gee Chun and Kyu Jung Baek make big runs and put themselves in contention. Chun's 67 was the low round of the day, and Baek's 69 was almost as good.
Jung Min Lee is the top KLPGAer at 3 under. Given she just barely missed out on winning last week, she's obviously in form. It will be interesting to see if she can earn her own LPGA tour card this weekend!
For the LPGAers, great round by MJ Hur! We should get a good look at her this weekend. And though Mirim had her problems on Friday, she's still only four back.
So Yeon Ryu also shot a 69, making up for that terrible start, and is almost in the tournament again, six back.
Inbee and Hyo Joo haven't taken off yet, but they're both at even par and could ignite this weekend.
But oh, what a terrible day for Minjee and Amy Yang! I hate to say I was a bit worried Amy might backslide. She's been very inconsistent at times.
....I actually wouldn't mind seeing Karine Icher win this thing. Yes, generally, I would like to see a Korean win the event in Korea, but Icher has been knocking on the door way too many times. Just once I'd like to see her hoist a trophy.
Wow, you want to talk about a packed leaderboard: there are 17 players within two shots of the lead, 25 within four shots. It's not hard to imagine someone coming from the back and taking this thing!
Having said that, there are some really compelling stories lining up. Inbee Park had a great moving day, shooting a 68 to put herself just a shot out. What a week it could be for the newlywed if she pulls off a win and gets to #1!
The KLPGA has really started to perform! It's so fun watching these new young guns in particular. Kyu Jung Baek has had a great year with three 2014 wins and now is poised to do something really special. And In Gee Chun is a special talent with two wins herself this year. Great to see them duking it out on HD TV! Hopefully they both put up great Sundays so we can really get a chance to see what they can do. Go In Gee! Go Kyu Jung! Fighting!
Jung Min Lee struggled a bit coming in, although that plugged lie in that one bunker was just a bad break. But though Yoon Kyung Heo had a couple of loose shots, she is still right in this and is also capable of winning.
Hee Kyung Bae is a more inconsistent player, but she still has several tour wins, including one when she was still in high school, and she is long off the tee. She could be a sleeper.
Heck, even Amy Yang, who seemed dead yesterday, has crept back to 1 under, just four out. And So Yeon Ryu is there as well. And don't forget Hyo Joo Kim, who is also at 1 under without yet having the great round she is capable of.
Good luck to the Sisters! Let's get this one done. HWAITING!