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2019 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open

Raving ShankerRaving Shanker Advanced Members Posts: 264 ✭✭




  • Feb 14 - 17


Grange, South Australia


  • Race to the CME Globe: 500 Points


  • Format: 72 holes


  • Purse: $1,300,000


  • Par: 72


  • History:

    This is the 8th year for the event.


  • Yardage: 6,648




In 2018, Sunday at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, Jin Young Ko became just the second person to ever win on the LPGA Tour in her debut as a member, and the first since 1951.



So here we go, into the slightly more prestigious and lucrative half of the Australian swing. Some points of note:



- The Grange Course is a composite of the Grange Golf Club East and West Courses. It's probably the course I know least about, of the the three Adelaide courses in the Australian Open rotation. I've only played it once myself, and that was a 100 years ago. It is notable for its bunkers, the wind (like all of Adelaide's sand-belt courses), and hidden tree root runners that can break your hands.

- Jin Young Ko returns as the reigning champion, although Haru Nomura, who is also in the field, won last time this course was played (2016).

- The weather will range from mild (26C, 79F) on Thursday steadily up to hot (35C, 95F) on Sunday. It should start out breezy but the wind is predicted to progressively abate over the four days. Sounds balmy!



I look at the field, and I am genuinely excited by the talent that is turning up. But then I look at who is missing, and I get a bit of a reality check. While a hotter field than the Vic Open, it's still shy of a top-flight LPGA event. The top three Koreans, and top four Americans will all be absent. And so the season will continue to sputter through its early stages!



On a personal note:

I am disappointed there is no Hye Jin Choi and no In Gee Chun, who I have still never seen in the flesh (so to speak). Also, no Danielle Kang, who has added a bit of spice in the past! I'm going all four days if my tendinopathic left ankle holds up. I will post pics and any worthwhile observations. I promised pics last year and then didn't post any, because i was frankly quite embarrassed by my poor photography. But I have decided to post this year regardless, as I am sure someone will find them interesting. Just don't complain about the quality!
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  • Argonne69Argonne69 Advanced Members Posts: 19,655 ✭✭
    edited February 11
    Photos taken with a smartphone are generally poor, primarily because of the wide field lens. I've been disappointed in my pics as well. Maybe when I retire I'll try to get a media pass, and bring a proper camera.



    I'm very surprised Hye Jin is not in the field. She finished 2nd last year. 'Same with So Yeon, who finished 7T. Brooke is also slipping this one, even though she played last year.



    We get decent coverage this week with 5 hours on Wed/Thurs and Sat/Sun, and four hours on Thurs/Fri and Fri/Sat.
  • ChronicSlicerChronicSlicer Advanced Members Posts: 895 ✭✭
    Tough choice of possibles considering the course change from the two previous years. I`m gonna roll with Su Oh or Marina Alex. Katherine Kirk and Carlota as my darkhorse picks. It would be nice to see Jin Young continue her high level of play this year and not fall prey to the "sophmore slump".
  • Raving ShankerRaving Shanker Advanced Members Posts: 264 ✭✭
    Argonne69 wrote:


    Photos taken with a smartphone are generally poor, primarily because of the wide field lens. I've been disappointed in my pics as well. Maybe when I retire I'll try to get a media pass, and bring a proper camera.



    I'm very surprised Hye Jin is not in the field. She finished 2nd last year. 'Same with So Yeon, who finished 7T. Brooke is also slipping this one, even though she played last year.



    We get decent coverage this week with 5 hours on Wed/Thurs and Sat/Sun, and four hours on Thurs/Fri and Fri/Sat.


    I don't take them with a smartphone. I've got a handycam that does stills and video, but it's about 8 years old now - so even though expensive in a its day, probably no better than a new phone.



    It is disappointing about Brooke. She has figured heavily in the advertising for the tournament here!
  • agolf1agolf1 Advanced Members Posts: 537 ✭✭

    Argonne69 wrote:


    Photos taken with a smartphone are generally poor, primarily because of the wide field lens. I've been disappointed in my pics as well. Maybe when I retire I'll try to get a media pass, and bring a proper camera.



    I'm very surprised Hye Jin is not in the field. She finished 2nd last year. 'Same with So Yeon, who finished 7T. Brooke is also slipping this one, even though she played last year.



    We get decent coverage this week with 5 hours on Wed/Thurs and Sat/Sun, and four hours on Thurs/Fri and Fri/Sat.


    I don't take them with a smartphone. I've got a handycam that does stills and video, but it's about 8 years old now - so even though expensive in a its day, probably no better than a new phone.



    It is disappointing about Brooke. She has figured heavily in the advertising for the tournament here!


    Yeah, unfortunately the field isn't great this week either. Its kind of surprising given the long break between Singapore and Phoenix.



    I get not wanting to play 4 in a row, and maybe the journey to Australia / playing a different type of course for 1 week just didn't appeal to many.



    Hopefully they can make the schedule more appealing for the players. Its kind of a bummer to have two tournaments in Australia and no one really shows up. Maybe losing the NZ tournament had something to do with this. Almost would have been better to have three playable weeks in AUD/NZD and then a break to Singapore/Thailand or back to the USA.
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  • Argonne69Argonne69 Advanced Members Posts: 19,655 ✭✭
    I have a feeling the tour is becoming a victim of ts own success. With more non-major tournaments to chose from, players can be selective about the ones they play given that they'll generally play ~25 events a year. Factoring in the travel and purse sizes, I'm not shocked that the top players are skipping the events down under. The tour may have to consider implementing rules that require a player to play in a number of new events every few seasons, similar to the PGA.
  • StoochStooch Advanced Members Posts: 607 ✭✭
    Argonne69 wrote:


    I have a feeling the tour is becoming a victim of ts own success. With more non-major tournaments to chose from, players can be selective about the ones they play given that they'll generally play ~25 events a year. Factoring in the travel and purse sizes, I'm not shocked that the top players are skipping the events down under. The tour may have to consider implementing rules that require a player to play in a number of new events every few seasons, similar to the PGA.


    I would be in favor of a rule that says a player must play in each event on tour at least once every three or four years. That way way all tour pro's play all tour events every 4 years or so and that way they don't have to add extra events each year, rather only deal with the schedule and when they play them
  • StoochStooch Advanced Members Posts: 607 ✭✭
    Argonne69 wrote:


    Photos taken with a smartphone are generally poor, primarily because of the wide field lens. I've been disappointed in my pics as well. Maybe when I retire I'll try to get a media pass, and bring a proper camera.



    I'm very surprised Hye Jin is not in the field. She finished 2nd last year. 'Same with So Yeon, who finished 7T. Brooke is also slipping this one, even though she played last year.



    We get decent coverage this week with 5 hours on Wed/Thurs and Sat/Sun, and four hours on Thurs/Fri and Fri/Sat.




    It's still a 9 hour flight to Thailand after Australia (well non-stop) or longer if you have lay-overs, that probably has much to do with it. Players would just rather probably head straight to Thailand if they weren't playing both Aussie events. Brooke was in the field for both events but she was sick and pulled out of both. Could be Brooke wanted to make sure that her illness cleared up and pulled out of the Aussie Open out of caution. Could be she doesn't like the course as she missed the cut last year and didn't wanna fly over 20 hours for one event. If you weren't spending 2 weeks in Australia but you have status to play in Thailand, in the course of 8 days you're probably gonna be on a plane for 40 hours to play both events. Not sure that's on my top 10 things to do either lol. With all that said not a good look with many top players skipping it (or Both)
  • Seamus McDuffSeamus McDuff Advanced Members Posts: 845 ✭✭
    This entry list gives a better breakdown than the LPGA site.



    https://cms.ga.mpower.golf/site/_content/document/00044423-source.pdf
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Advanced Members Posts: 19,655 ✭✭
    My picks so far this season have been pretty dismal, so let's see if I can do a little better this week. I'm going to go with Haru. She was a winner of this tournament in 2016, and seems to have found her form with a 5T finish last week. Minjee should bounce back after last week's MC.



    I'm very interested to see how Lucky 6 fairs in her first tournament as a member. Jin Young won it last year as a new member, so....
  • 18majors18majors Advanced Members Posts: 392 ✭✭
    edited February 12
    Argonne69 wrote:


    I have a feeling the tour is becoming a victim of ts own success. With more non-major tournaments to chose from, players can be selective about the ones they play given that they'll generally play ~25 events a year. Factoring in the travel and purse sizes, I'm not shocked that the top players are skipping the events down under. The tour may have to consider implementing rules that require a player to play in a number of new events every few seasons, similar to the PGA.




    There're nine of the top 20 players in the field; the field strength is better than many LPGA tournaments in the States.

    The schedule right before Thailand and Singapore is an asset; it draws in many top players.
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Advanced Members Posts: 19,655 ✭✭
    18majors wrote:

    Argonne69 wrote:


    I have a feeling the tour is becoming a victim of ts own success. With more non-major tournaments to chose from, players can be selective about the ones they play given that they'll generally play ~25 events a year. Factoring in the travel and purse sizes, I'm not shocked that the top players are skipping the events down under. The tour may have to consider implementing rules that require a player to play in a number of new events every few seasons, similar to the PGA.




    There're nine of the top 20 players in the field; the field strength is better than many LPGA tournaments in the States.

    The schedule right before Thailand and Singapore is an advantage; it draws in many top players.




    Technically true, but there are only four of the Top 10 playing.
  • MellowMellow Advanced Members Posts: 240 ✭✭
    Those are interesting ideas to get the players to the different tournaments. Especially to help the new tournaments get off the ground, I think that's a great idea. Last season we had several new ones and some of them could have used that help.



    Sometimes I like the ones with the lower field strength though. There's always some players that I'm excited or hopeful to see, or at least curious. There's players I really like all along the priority list, low and high.



    Anyway, Jin Young won this by such a good margin last year, it feels like the elusive defense might be more possible than usual. Only a couple players were even in sight of her. It's a rare thing, but I'm picking Jin Young for the two-time win!



    Still thinking about last week too ... cheering for Su to have another great outing.
  • ppl4golfppl4golf Advanced Members Posts: 1,064 ✭✭


    This entry list gives a better breakdown than the LPGA site.



    https://cms.ga.mpowe...4423-source.pdf




    That's a pretty great sized field and lots of interesting names that I don't mind seeing on TV....



    Hope the Aussie coverage is nothing like the last week, especially during the first 2 rounds image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
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  • Raving ShankerRaving Shanker Advanced Members Posts: 264 ✭✭
    The Golf Australia website (that the LPGA site links to) still has a course map from last year (different course - Kooyonga!). Someone might actually want to know where the car parks are, or how to get to the 10th tee.



    That's amateur hour.
  • postfoldpostfold oh how I LOVE putting Advanced Members Posts: 357 ✭✭
    Looking forward to some TV time this weekend, I had a hard time getting into the coverage last week and ended up not watching much at all.



    What I really need is to look into booking a trip to Australia next year to get away from this polar vortex business.
  • Hawkeye77Hawkeye77 Countdown to The Masters! ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 16,740 ClubWRX
    edited February 13
    DP4 should be excited, just turned it on and you know who currently in the lead.
  • Hawkeye77Hawkeye77 Countdown to The Masters! ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 16,740 ClubWRX
    And this course looks great! Enjoying the layout as presented so far.
  • ShilgyShilgy Advanced Members Posts: 11,113 ✭✭
    Hawkeye77 wrote:


    DP4 should be excited, just turned it on and you know who currently in the lead.
    Ms Hyphen in the lead? He must be extolling the virtues of Costco wine on another thread. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
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    Is Ariya using local caddie?
  • JagpilotohioJagpilotohio 45+ inch drivers are evil. Advanced Members Posts: 7,055 ✭✭
    I know it’s been said before, but how does the women’s tour do it? There are like 100 spectators at This thing.



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  • MalvernMalvern Advanced Members Posts: 409 ✭✭


    I know it’s been said before, but how does the women’s tour do it? There are like 100 spectators at This thing.



    Some Holes have literally no one around them. I guess it’s just the sponsors and the TV money. Wow.




    Will be some if not a lot of government money.



    The various state governments out here compete with one another to bring sports/events/conferences to their particular patch and then proclaim loudly how much money the event brought in.



    Its absolute bollocks but none of them want to blink first.
  • Raving ShankerRaving Shanker Advanced Members Posts: 264 ✭✭


    I know it’s been said before, but how does the women’s tour do it? There are like 100 spectators at This thing.



    Some Holes have literally no one around them. I guess it’s just the sponsors and the TV money. Wow.




    I don't think your post is based on any actual data. There were a LOT of spectators. Watching the Hall/Ko(JY)/Webb group it was so crowded I was missing shots, so switched to Yang/Lee(M)/Boutier. In the afternoon there were hundreds following Ko(L)/Jutanugarn(A)/Korda. There were thousands on the course.



    I think the reason it looks empty (and this happened in the 2017 Aus Open too) is that they are a little over officious in roping the course off. This gives wide areas that are unoccupied, and actually blocked from the public. It is often difficult to even get to the empty spots behind a green to watch putting. Half the gallery is still 100 m back stuck at a crossover that they refuse to open as the putting is happening. Grange managed galleries very well in 2016, but this year they came over all "Royal Adelaide" on us.



    The only point I will agree with you on is that some groups had no spectators at all. With non-Australian, or unknowns, I can understand that - but the group of Hull/Oh/Law had virtually no one. Strange.
  • Raving ShankerRaving Shanker Advanced Members Posts: 264 ✭✭
    Day 1 - great day at the golf!



    The morning was cool and dead calm (great scoring conditions), but the wind started coming in around 10 am. Not a gale, but fresh, and making the golf a whole lot more challenging. The wind was fluky too, causing a lot of second guesses on iron shots.



    I watched Nomura/Creamer/Smith to begin with. There was some good golf. I got my first good look at Creamer. I can see that she has got talent, but she is looser and little less focused than the currently successful players. And that's golf i think. Haru looked very steady. I think she had some late round trouble that I didn't see, but is pretty well placed. She is now my pick for the tournament. Smith looked really good until hitting 25 m left on a par 3!! It nearly hit me. I ended up being a temporary marshal, as no one seemed to realise just how far from the target she was for some time. Double bogey ensued.



    Yang/Lee/Boutier was interesting. I was explaining to a friend I was with, who had only slight knowledge of the women's game, what the games of each of these women was. They then absolutely followed type! In fact that about described the whole day. Yang swings beautiful but comes up out of putts, making far less than her fair share. Minjee was getting the club back barely beyond vertical, but ripping it with a powerful hip rotation. Boutier could barely hit a green, but scrambled really well. Her chip and run game is absolutely ON at the moment. JY Ko hit the ball with imperious beauty. Hull smashed the sh*t out of it. L. Ko struggled with consistency and length off the tee, but holed out of a bunker! Webb was slooooow. They were all playing the roles of themselves perfectly!



    Except Ariya. Ariya had a really bad day I think, and I hope it is just early season rust. She seems way too defensive off the tee, and perhaps in all aspects of her game. i think she hit a 4-iron on two par-4's, giving up about 60 m to Ko and Korda. But get this, she missed the fairway both times, and put one into a fairway bunker! Her iron ball striking into greens was curious. It really looked tentative. It seemed she had really poor distance control, and was drawing the ball way too far. Also, sometimes it would go, other times not. A really difficult day for her!



    I think Lydia Ko's game is far from perfect, but she seems to have her mojo back. I really feel she will continue to improve. She always seems one short iron or wedge away from hitting it stiff, and her bunker play was supreme. One holed, and 2 others (I think) hit stiff. So, overall not consistent, but has birdies in her.



    At one point I was craning my neck around someone at the water and fruit stand, trying to watch someone tee off. I suddenly noticed the person in my way was Nelly Korda. Up close, man she is just beautiful!



    Anyway, it's hotting up now, actually and metaphorically. I can't wait for tomorrow. I'll be there tomorrow morning but have this ugly situation in the afternoon called "work".
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Advanced Members Posts: 19,655 ✭✭
    Nice report. Keep them coming.



    Yeah, Minjee can really clear her hips. She has an odd "flat foot" iron shot that gets the job done.



    Ariya has always struggled with the lefts. 'Probably the biggest reason she doesn't hit driver off the tee. I agree that missing a fairway with less than driver negates much of the strategy. However, she's strong enough to hit greens coming out of the rough.

  • Argonne69Argonne69 Advanced Members Posts: 19,655 ✭✭
    What happened to Su? She looked excellent last week, but she's going to struggle just to make the cut here. The afternoon scores looked much higher, no surprise.

  • PepsiDuckPepsiDuck Advanced Members Posts: 1,838 ✭✭
    Argonne69 wrote:


    Ariya has always struggled with the lefts. 'Probably the biggest reason she doesn't hit driver off the tee. I agree that missing a fairway with less than driver negates much of the strategy. However, she's strong enough to hit greens coming out of the rough.




    I noticed this as well...and it's the same struggle I have with my own game. Just from looking at her right shoulder through impact, I can tell that the ball can go no where other than left. I don't remember it being so far forward last year...



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  • 18majors18majors Advanced Members Posts: 392 ✭✭
    Argonne69 wrote:


    What happened to Su? She looked excellent last week, but she's going to struggle just to make the cut here. The afternoon scores looked much higher, no surprise.




    Isn't this the life of a tour player; winning title one week and missing the cut the next?

    That's why Tiger Woods who made 142 consecutive cuts is so unique.
  • DavePelz4DavePelz4 A golf course in the Chicago area.ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 24,003 ClubWRX
    Shilgy wrote:

    Hawkeye77 wrote:


    DP4 should be excited, just turned it on and you know who currently in the lead.
    Ms Hyphen in the lead? He must be extolling the virtues of Costco wine on another thread. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />




    Gentlemen...while accepting the years of restraining orders, a clearly one sided relationship, etc. there was no tolerance for when she was less than nice to a young fan. It led to becoming de-hyphenated. It's been very empowering and allowed me to spend more time at Costco while being an observer of the Kuch Lynch Mob.



    Historically, Mrs. Ewart-Shadoff has been one of the better ball strikers on tour and if I was still stalking her a fan, I'd know her 2018 stats. But I'm not and I don't. Without cheating, I'll guess she didn't miss more than 3 greens in her round and had less than 25 putts. No doubt she will drop 32 putts in one of the next two rounds to enter the middling of the pack. As Mrs. Pelz said recently, why can't you keep it up more consistently...obviously a putting reference to Mrs. Ewart-Shadoff.



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  • AKL KiwiAKL Kiwi Kauri Cliffs Advanced Members Posts: 589
    They must use a ton of water on the course to get it looking so nice and green. If you saw some of the surrounding footage of the area it was completely dry and brown. Areas of Adelaide broke 80 year old records during a heatwave just 3 weeks ago with temps hitting mid 40's to almost 50C. Nice to be able to watch a full round of Lydia's but it was pretty up and down. We get another 5 hours live coverage today...so why only 3hrs on the GC? and as usual when the GC is not the producer it's completely uninterupted and commercial free!
  • ShilgyShilgy Advanced Members Posts: 11,113 ✭✭
    tbowles411 wrote:


    I too know of restraining orders... image/wink.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />
    Yeah BUT...Paula's not leading so.... image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
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    Shilgy wrote:

    tbowles411 wrote:


    I too know of restraining orders... image/wink.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />
    Yeah BUT...Paula's not leading so.... image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />




    TB's restraining orders love includes Blair, Gerina, Paula...who else TB?
  • Seamus McDuffSeamus McDuff Advanced Members Posts: 845 ✭✭
    amdepp wrote:


    Is Ariya using local caddie?




    I didn’t pay attention while watching, but before the season word was she’s got Pernilla Linberg’s husband on the bag to start the year.




    Argonne69 wrote:


    What happened to Su? She looked excellent last week, but she's going to struggle just to make the cut here. The afternoon scores looked much higher, no surprise.




    Her swing’s too good to play like this.
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Advanced Members Posts: 19,655 ✭✭
    edited February 14
    Nelly having a nice morning round at -4 after 14 holes. Charlie even better at six under for 14 holes. Conditions must be fairly benign early.



    On the flip side, Lydia at +4 after 14 holes, and two over the projected cut line. Gotta get moving.



    Oy veh. Su is +7 after 14 holes, and +12 for the tournament. I think it's safe to say that she was pressing a bit to try to make the cut. Golf is crazy.

  • ChronicSlicerChronicSlicer Advanced Members Posts: 895 ✭✭
    Argonne69 wrote:






    Oy veh. Su is +7 after 14 holes, and +12 for the tournament. I think it's safe to say that she was pressing a bit to try to make the cut. Golf is crazy.




    Crazy might be an understatement for that one. Wow..
  • MellowMellow Advanced Members Posts: 240 ✭✭
    Yeah, ouchie image/sad.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':(' /> Maybe too much pressure on herself trying to repeat last week in front of the home crowd?



    I hope she is not unhappy and stays positive. If you had told me at the start that the results of these two tournies would be one MC and one T2, (that had also been a plausible chance to win), I'd have been real happy! That's way better than say two T20's or something, and gives her a much more exciting start than last season. Always another chance next time.
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    DavePelz4 wrote:

    Shilgy wrote:

    tbowles411 wrote:


    I too know of restraining orders... image/wink.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />
    Yeah BUT...Paula's not leading so.... image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />




    TB's restraining orders love includes Blair, Gerina, Paula...who else TB?


    There have been so many since Paula...
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  • Hawkeye77Hawkeye77 Countdown to The Masters! ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 16,740 ClubWRX
    AKL Kiwi wrote:


    They must use a ton of water on the course to get it looking so nice and green. If you saw some of the surrounding footage of the area it was completely dry and brown. Areas of Adelaide broke 80 year old records during a heatwave just 3 weeks ago with temps hitting mid 40's to almost 50C. Nice to be able to watch a full round of Lydia's but it was pretty up and down. We get another 5 hours live coverage today...so why only 3hrs on the GC? and as usual when the GC is not the producer it's completely uninterupted and commercial free!




    They said they had some good rains before the tournament.
  • Raving ShankerRaving Shanker Advanced Members Posts: 264 ✭✭
    Hawkeye77 wrote:

    AKL Kiwi wrote:


    They must use a ton of water on the course to get it looking so nice and green. If you saw some of the surrounding footage of the area it was completely dry and brown. Areas of Adelaide broke 80 year old records during a heatwave just 3 weeks ago with temps hitting mid 40's to almost 50C. Nice to be able to watch a full round of Lydia's but it was pretty up and down. We get another 5 hours live coverage today...so why only 3hrs on the GC? and as usual when the GC is not the producer it's completely uninterupted and commercial free!




    They said they had some good rains before the tournament.




    Not at all. We had some showers on the Tuesday and Wednesday, but they were a sprinkle. We've had 6.6 mm this year so far. That's about 19 points for you guys. i.e. SFA. But the course is VERY well watered. Some of the semi-rough is just well-watered, high density fairway cooch they've let grow to 5 cm. It can be incredibly gnarly, whilst appearing to be very friendly and short-cut to the eye. It's a factor you may or may not have picked up from the coverage.
  • Raving ShankerRaving Shanker Advanced Members Posts: 264 ✭✭
    Day 2.



    I had a short day on the course today, covering some of the lesser known and far less supported players. I spent a bit of time watching Escallon/Daffinrud/Woods. Cheyenne looked in fine form from what I saw, but it was another missed cut for her. Tonje Daffinrud looks a player (Norwegian). Escallon had a double-bogey on 9 that was reminiscent of my own game.



    Another group was Duncan/Tseng/Lee (Mi Hyang). Incredibly, when i joined them, i was the only spectator!! Quite a few more joined later on as they headed back into the hub of the course (lazy spectators), but jeez! Tseng is a powerhouse, former World No. 1. I know quite a few people rate Lindsay Duncan. And I find Mi Hyang an incredibly interesting player. Amazing that such a group was so poorly supported. Mi Hyang generates some power for a small woman, with incredible extension through the ball. She drove it about 280 m on the 11th (after birdieing 10), through the outside of a dog leg left. I caught it on video, and having looked at it about 5 times now, I still can't fathom where the power comes from. I'd do 230 m at best, and with recent swing changes, more like 190.Her caddy assured her it was OK, because it was a long way to the rough on the line she took (wrong). And anyway, it was light rough and would be fine - also wrong! Ha ha, the life of a caddy! She looked great though, and had a fine round to get well inside the cut-line at -2.



    I got to see the joint leader Wei Ling Hsu birdie 18 (her 9th). It was set up by a crisp wedge approach that i also have on video. She was with Olsen, and a very powerful hitter I have never seen before, Meghan McLaren. I had the Midas touch today with birdies on handicam! Every time I pressed "record" and pointed it, birdies ensued.



    That was my day. Meanwhile, elsewhere,Lydia and Su Oh were emphatically missing the cut. I didn't see that coming! But how often do we say those words with golf? I was glad Ariya had a stronger day. My tip is still Haru Nomura
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Advanced Members Posts: 19,655 ✭✭
    Quite surprised to see Lydia, Ariya, and Georgia miss the cut. Muni is zero for two.



    Nice to see Lucky 6 make the cut in her first start as a member. We'll see how she does on moving day.



    Still plenty of golf to play. Nelly and Haru are both well positioned.

  • ShilgyShilgy Advanced Members Posts: 11,113 ✭✭
    Argonne69 wrote:


    Quite surprised to see Lydia, Ariya, and Georgia miss the cut. Muni is zero for two.



    Nice to see Lucky 6 make the cut in her first start as a member. We'll see how she does on moving day.



    Still plenty of golf to play. Nelly and Haru are both well positioned.
    ? Ariya made the cut.
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  • StoochStooch Advanced Members Posts: 607 ✭✭
    Argonne69 wrote:


    Quite surprised to see Lydia, Ariya, and Georgia miss the cut. Muni is zero for two.



    Nice to see Lucky 6 make the cut in her first start as a member. We'll see how she does on moving day.



    Still plenty of golf to play. Nelly and Haru are both well positioned.


    No worries about Muni, she seems to be getting an extra push to help her keep her card regardless of what her actual accomplishments on the course are lol. She's gotten sponsors exemption into the 2 next limited field events and I imagine she'll have tons more at the end of the season in the limited field events if she's not qualified for the events by moneylist ranking.



    No real complaint, I'm one that believe the sponsors who put up the money should get a couple positions in the field that they feel will help their event. It would just suck if Muni finished 98th on the moneylist and you finished 101th and had to go back to Q-School, cause lets be honest you didn't have the look and couldn't get exemptions lol
  • 18majors18majors Advanced Members Posts: 392 ✭✭
    Stooch wrote:

    Argonne69 wrote:


    Quite surprised to see Lydia, Ariya, and Georgia miss the cut. Muni is zero for two.



    Nice to see Lucky 6 make the cut in her first start as a member. We'll see how she does on moving day.



    Still plenty of golf to play. Nelly and Haru are both well positioned.


    No worries about Muni, she seems to be getting an extra push to help her keep her card regardless of what her actual accomplishments on the course are lol. She's gotten sponsors exemption into the 2 next limited field events and I imagine she'll have tons more at the end of the season in the limited field events if she's not qualified for the events by moneylist ranking.



    No real complaint, I'm one that believe the sponsors who put up the money should get a couple positions in the field that they feel will help their event. It would just suck if Muni finished 98th on the moneylist and you finished 101th and had to go back to Q-School, cause lets be honest you didn't have the look and couldn't get exemptions lol




    Sponsor invites for no cut events won't count as Official Money.

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  • legitimategolflegitimategolf Fighting! Advanced Members Posts: 4,423 ✭✭
    And I find Mi Hyang an incredibly interesting player. Amazing that such a group was so poorly supported. Mi Hyang generates some power for a small woman, with incredible extension through the ball. She drove it about 280 m on the 11th (after birdieing 10), through the outside of a dog leg left. I caught it on video, and having looked at it about 5 times now, I still can't fathom where the power comes from. I'd do 230 m at best, and with recent swing changes, more like 190.Her caddy assured her it was OK, because it was a long way to the rough on the line she took (wrong). And anyway, it was light rough and would be fine - also wrong! Ha ha, the life of a caddy! She looked great though, and had a fine round to get well inside the cut-line at -2.




    I like MHL too. She is cute, has a beautiful, athletic swing and is a proven winner. Evidently that's not enough for most golf fans. They demand more I guess.
  • DavePelz4DavePelz4 A golf course in the Chicago area.ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 24,003 ClubWRX
    Hmmm...Mrs. Ewart-Shadoff with 14/18 greens and 33 putts in round 2? Changing my middle name to Nostradameus.
  • Argonne69Argonne69 Advanced Members Posts: 19,655 ✭✭
    edited February 15
    DavePelz4 wrote:


    Hmmm...Mrs. Ewart-Shadoff with 14/18 greens and 33 putts in round 2? Changing my middle name to Nostradameus.




    Lol. C'mon, I could have predicted that with a snow globe or a Magic 8 Ball.



    My bad on Ariya. The LPGA website had her listed as cut early this morning, but it has been corrected now.

  • Raving ShankerRaving Shanker Advanced Members Posts: 264 ✭✭

    And I find Mi Hyang an incredibly interesting player. Amazing that such a group was so poorly supported. Mi Hyang generates some power for a small woman, with incredible extension through the ball. She drove it about 280 m on the 11th (after birdieing 10), through the outside of a dog leg left. I caught it on video, and having looked at it about 5 times now, I still can't fathom where the power comes from. I'd do 230 m at best, and with recent swing changes, more like 190.Her caddy assured her it was OK, because it was a long way to the rough on the line she took (wrong). And anyway, it was light rough and would be fine - also wrong! Ha ha, the life of a caddy! She looked great though, and had a fine round to get well inside the cut-line at -2.




    I like MHL too. She is cute, has a beautiful, athletic swing and is a proven winner. Evidently that's not enough for most golf fans. They demand more I guess.




    Yup. All that! Actually, correction on that drive. I Google-Earthed it and it was more like 256 m, about 280 yards. Still impressive though.
  • StoochStooch Advanced Members Posts: 607 ✭✭
    I see Nelly having a really strong season, she has a real great shot at stealing one here, I'm kinda closet cheering for Haru to get a great comeback win after her poor season last year.
  • Holy MosesHoly Moses Advanced Members Posts: 10,273 ✭✭
    Nice work, Dana Finkelstein. -3 and T17th halfway through.
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