ANA Inspiriation: Japan's Ayaka Uehara takes early ANA Inspiration lead

Apr 02, 2018, 10:16
ANA Inspiriation: Japan's Ayaka Uehara takes early ANA Inspiration lead

It was the rules row that divided golf.

All the focus may be on Lexi Thompson, a year on from the well-documented penalty which cost her victory, but Wie will be very much a contender.

The first women's major of the calendar year is due to get underway tomorrow at the Mission Hills Country Club in California.

The fact that incident has led to changes in the Rules of Golf would suggest the game's two governing bodies, the R&A and USGA, were in the latter camp, yet there can still be no denying that Thompson acted carelessly in the first place and that's probably the reason she is still being haunted by the whole episode.

"I didn't have the best memories previous year, but it's just an awesome atmosphere this whole event", Thompson said. "I was screaming, crying". "I knew my strategy". She has already admitted this wee that it was an "extremely rough" experience and that she occasionally still has nightmares about it.

Uehara, one shot back, made what could have been a demoralising bogey at her opening hole, but responded well with birdies at the next two.

She has 27 screws holding her face in place. Playing through tears and feeding off the supportive fans, she rallied to force a playoff that So Yeon Ryu won on the first hole.

"I just got really dizzy". After hitting it left off the tee into trouble on the par-4 seventh, Thompson chipped out and hit a 9-iron to 18 feet and then drained the par putt. "I heard them on the green chanting my name, and I was like, "I have to finish strong for them".

"He told me they found out who did it", the 29-year-old said in a telephone interview on Tuesday.

"People will always remind me but I'm okay with it", Kim said of the missed putt. "Sometimes you have to knock it back down and just kind of be free and have fun".

"I had to let it go and let time pass".

It was a controversial finish to a gripping tournament, and the incident led to a change in the rules, per Josh Sens of Golf.com.

Players are also no longer penalised for returning an incorrect scorecard if they were not aware the scorecard was wrong.

Thompson will play alongside Michelle Wie the first two rounds. "I'm just a happy person now". This week, she goes into battle with a win behind her in the recent HSBC Women's World Championship.

The South Korean bagged her second career major 12 months ago, but her play-off victory is not what is most keenly remembered about 2017's edition of the ANA Inspiration.

"Just seeing what he's gone through with his injuries", said Wie.

The clubs disappeared from the baggage claim area at San Diego International Airport after Kim flew on an American Airlines flight in January, she said. "It's really cool to watch".

The 31 year old Lindberg has yet to win in several seasons on the LPGA Tour but she is highly regarded amongst her peers and often talked about as a player who has not yet fulfilled her potential.

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