Jay Choi ended the first round of the Japan Open with a -2 (69) good for a tie for 9th place. Jay’s second round proved to be more adventurous than the first. Jay shot a 5 over 76 in the second round to finish at +3 and make the cut which was at +4. Jay is in a tie for 49th going into “moving day” (Saturday).
Justin Padjen, TrackMan’s PGA Tour Rep is at the Japan Open and was on the 18th tee using TrackMan to gather ball flight characteristics of each player. After Jay passed through 18, Justin emailed Jay’s coach, George Pinnell to say that he had just seen Jay and he seemed a little “unsettled” on the 18th tee box before hitting a tee shot that was high and right, according to Justin. After receiving the email, Pinnell who was watching live scoring, was perplexed as to why Jay was +5 after playing well the day before and not so good today. Pinnell fired an email to Justin asking about condition’s of the course. Justin responded that “the fairway’s were the narrowest that he had ever seen, including the US Open, and that the rough was US Open depth.” Justin said, “it is amazing that they would have the rough so deep and thick with the fairway’s so narrow.”
Stay tuned. Those interested can watch live scoring at www.jgto.org.