Moriya to win the Lotte Championship

Screenshot 2016-04-16 at 10.38.02 AMIf you have ever met Moriya Jutanugarn, you would think she is the most gracious person you will ever meet. She is porcelain fair and pretty. She is barely 5 feet 1 inch but she can out drive most of us. She does not spend much time on the driving range but she will spend endless time on the putting green, making every putt count.

Moriya is in contention at the Lotte Championship. If she can play as good as she has all week then there’s a good chance she will be hoisting the trophy up on the 18th green and enjoying a hula. Moriya was playing head-to-head with the leaders in round 3. Leaders that included past champion, Sei Young Kim and qualifier, Katie Burnett.

You know as a big fan of the Thai sisters, I will be glued to the action on Ko’olina for the final round of the Lotte Championship.

 

 

 

Wish Come True

It can be dangerous making a wish and having the wish come true. When Michelle Wie left Hawaii to play in Phoenix, Carlsbad then Rancho Mirage, she wished she could stay home and go to the beach, hang out with friends and eat poke. After the ANA Inspiration, she left immediately the next day to Hawaii. She tweeted to her fans that she was going to the beach and relax. Like a lot of her LPGA friends, she was going to take a week off before playing the Lotte Championship which is on the same island as where she lives.

Michelle played a tough round and ended up at +8. The trade winds were blowing hard on first round and it affected ball flight. It was exceptionally difficult to stand over your ball and putt with any stability. Of all the players, Michelle would have been the best player to play in these conditions but the wind proved too hard for her to go low.

The second round started with a proposed cut line at +2. Michelle knew she would have to put in a solid round to stay around the weekend to contend. On the first tee, she hit out of bound and her score quickly inflated to +10. It looked impossible but Michelle tried hard. Her putts just wouldn’t drop.

By the 15th hole, it was clear that Michelle was going to have the weekend off. Her wish came true – to go to the beach, eat poke and relax. She missed the cut along with Natalie Gulbis, Cheyenne Woods, Allison Lee and others.