Yuri Fudoh may have just passed Sakura Yokomine on the 2010 JLPGA money list with her win last week at the Meiji Chocolate Cup, but the Japanese media was super-excited about Yokomine's contending at the U.S. Women's Open. Although she had a tough start to her 3rd round and couldn't get a lot of putts to drop in the final round, she still finished T10. Here are highlights from her Sunday at Oakmont:
I couldn't catch everything that was said in the post-round interview, but I did note how Yokomine paid extra attention to Ayako Okamoto's questions. From what I could understand of her answers, Yokomine was impressed with LPGAers' ability to hit recovery shots and planned to work on her short game heading into the Women's British Open at the end of the month.
Unfortunately, I don't think we'll be seeing Yokomine competing on the LPGA much except in majors and marquee events like the Evian Masters and HSBC Women's Champions. Looks like she's committed to following the Chako Higuchi/Yuri Fudoh career path rather than the Ayako Okamoto/Ai Miyazato one. That's too bad, as she definitely has the game to contend regularly on the LPGA. She's one of the longer hitters on the JLPGA and this year is averaging 3.58 birdies per round with a scoring average of 70.87, which is pretty typical for her from the 2008 season on. She definitely deserves her place at #15 in the current Rolex Rankings. Looking forward to seeing more of her on the LPGA's European swing!