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FIRSTLY

Firstly, I got through the first day.


Wow, that was a tough day!!

I think I did pretty well to hang in there [ぴかぴか(新しい)]

Having finished with a birdie will pay off tomorrow!!


It’s an early start tomorrow so I’m off to bed now [ぴかぴか(新しい)]

Tomorrow will be a new and different day, but I’m prepared to fight for it!!

Everyone thank you for cheering me on, even though it’s probably late for you[exclamation]






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BRITISH OPEN

Hi there☆

This week is cold, the wind is strong, and there are lots of bunkers to contend with…so it’s difficult!!
I think I’m in for a hard week, both physically and mentally [ぴかぴか(新しい)]
Actually I messed up just before I finished typing this blog entry, as I was doing a final check, and deleted the whole lot so I’m redoing it from scratch [がく~(落胆した顔)]
To be honest I don’t really remember what I wrote, so it’s turning out to be completely different [わーい(嬉しい顔)][あせあせ(飛び散る汗)]


I had dinner with Yani again today [ぴかぴか(新しい)]
Also this particular person who must not be forgotten:


Atsushi-san!!




He’s Calloway staff [るんるん]
He’s a rather relaxed, easy going person, shall we say…everything’s very approximate…

About as much so as Gucchi my previous caddie [ウッシッシ]
Of course I do mean that in a good way [るんるん]He has to leave on Friday though…[右斜め下][右斜め下][右斜め下]



This week there are lots of Japanese players, and Ezure-san is here as Shinobu’s caddie, so I think I will be able to enjoy this different atmosphere!!


Unfortunately Q-san can’t be here this week…



The ground is so hard this week, and it’s cold, and it tires you out physically like you’ve done the biggest workout ever in the gym, but it’s all experience I’m going to look at it as a good opportunity to get to know my own body better, and give it my best shot[ウッシッシ]

But boy does this look like a tough week ahead [右斜め上]
I’ve really gotta give it my all!!



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EVIAN MASTERS

Firstly, congratulations to Ai on her win!!

There were more Japanese participants than usual, with Fuji TV broadcasting the competition, and Ms Higuchi, Director of the JLPGA in attendance, and Ai won in front of all of them[ぴかぴか(新しい)]



Ai, I knew you had it in you!!

I’m sure it was, on the other hand, a long and tough road.
But the goal that was waiting was magnificent, and I think you had a wonderful time surrounded by so many people!!
I think you were really well prepared[ぴかぴか(新しい)]

Ai always goes ahead as a role model to me and the other younger golfers.
When we hit the field, then naturally we are rivals, but I really respect Ai, and really like her as a person[ぴかぴか(新しい)]



I just want to say “congratulations” from the bottom of my heart!!



As for me, the number of boggies is something for me to work on, but I had my first experience of six birdies in a row, and other than day two, I was in the 60s…which I guess I’m pretty happy with[ぴかぴか(新しい)]





At the same time, somewhere deep in my heart, I thought, hmmm, yep, winning is great[黒ハート]




I think I have received some good stimulation[ぴかぴか(新しい)]
Momo will be doing her best too!!



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3rd ROUND

Once again it’s me and Yani…[わーい(嬉しい顔)][あせあせ(飛び散る汗)]

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We’ve been friends since last year, but this year in particular I am always hanging out with Yani and Sherrie (Yani’s Caddie)!!

She teaches me English, takes me to great restaurants…
Yani always says


“Mabudachi”





Hmm…It’s a word I often used to use in my high school days[ほっとした顔][ぴかぴか(新しい)]
Mabudachi =GOOD FRIENDS

I guess I did pretty well controlling myself today…[わーい(嬉しい顔)][あせあせ(飛び散る汗)]
Well, to be honest I could have pushed myself a bit further but I managed some good pars, and even when I got the last one in the pond, I didn’t fall to pieces, and still finished on par…[あせあせ(飛び散る汗)]



There was that final second I wasn’t happy with though[ボケーっとした顔][あせあせ(飛び散る汗)]


Tomorrow, like today, I need to go in focused and maintain my own strong will throughout!!
I’ll be going back to Japan for the tour there, and I plan to participate in AXA and NEC, so it’s not long until I’ll be reunited with everyone back home in Japan[クローバー]
I believe it’s hot in Japan, but if you think of it as good for the figure, I guess you’ll all get through![ほっとした顔][黒ハート]


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WHY?

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I’m in France, so why is there such an Asian-looking object …?



Allow me to explain.





It’s because we’ve eating at Vietnamese-influenced Chinese restaurant every day[るんるん]



I’m here again today for a meal[どんぶり]with Yani and all of Team Momo.


She has such a good personality[右斜め上]
She’s younger than me but as a golfer she is very mature…[ぴかぴか(新しい)]



The opening day today was a reasonably good start[ぴかぴか(新しい)]
Tomorrow I’ll be playing tomorrow’s golf!!
Just focus on the shot in front of me…[ぴかぴか(新しい)]
Good night[黒ハート]



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SWITZERLAND

Hi there☆
Yesterday I had a nice girls’ talk with Ai over ice-cream, and tomorrow we’re together in the pairings[右斜め上]
This is my first time to go around with Ai Miyazato, and I’m hoping it’s a good round…for our whole group[ぴかぴか(新しい)]


Anyway, yesterday I took a boat[船]o Switzerland, which is just 30 minutes away!!
I had been once last year too, so didn’t plan on going this time but my Papa’s birthday is not far off, so we decided to go to Switzerland together and get him a watch[るんるん]



However, my Papa is apparently rather particular, and couldn’t find one one that was just right, and ended up saying he’ll take his time looking around in Japan and then decide…[がく~(落胆した顔)]


I was thinking “but we’re in Switzerland now !”[がく~(落胆した顔)][パンチ] but I gave in quickly[ボケーっとした顔][黒ハート]and said, OK, fine[わーい(嬉しい顔)][あせあせ(飛び散る汗)]
He is the breadwinner in our family after all[ぴかぴか(新しい)]
These special occasions can be the only chance you get to say “thank you”[ほっとした顔][あせあせ(飛び散る汗)]

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Oh, I just snapped this shot as we passed a florist[カメラ]
The flowers in France are beautiful, and actually, if I hadn’t been a professional golfer, I might have been a florist myself![ぴかぴか(新しい)]that’s how much I have loved flowers ever since I was little[黒ハート]

I do recommend giving flowers as a present to someone special every now and then…!


Flowers really can make a girl happy[黒ハート]


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BONJOUR

Here’s my hote[ホテル][ほっとした顔][指でOK]

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I really do love France[黒ハート]
The scenery and the air and the fashion are just the best[手(チョキ)]

There’s this natural kind of tension[ウィンク][手(チョキ)]


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FRANCE

I am back at Evian again[ぴかぴか(新しい)]


This photo is of HARIBO jubes they were selling on the side of the road[ほっとした顔]
My management office Sunny Side Up (the fried egg) is everywhere…[ほっとした顔][ほっとした顔][ほっとした顔][ほっとした顔]

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When it’s made in to a chewy candy, I do have to think twice about whether I actually want to eat it[わーい(嬉しい顔)][あせあせ(飛び散る汗)]こThis is such a beautiful place, no matter when or how many times I come here[黒ハート]



The scenery is beautiful, so I’ll try to post a few photos over the next few days[るんるん]


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About the incident

Firstly, thanks to everyone who always stays up to cheer for me despite time differences!!
Week after week things just don’t work out the way I want, and it’s a tough period for me, but I am making an effort to stay positive, so that if nothing else at least my heart is heading in the winning direction.

About the US OPEN this time, I didn’t know about the issue until my manager informed me, and I was really shocked when I did first hear about it. Apparently there are all kinds of opinions – the ball moved; the ball wobbled; the ball was touched – but if I had been aware of the ball moving or wobbling or myself touching the ball, I think I would have reported it.
No, I WOULD have reported it.

But the people who were there on the day – the game officials, caddies, marker and players in the same group – did not notice any such movement, so this is a very difficult problem.

I watched the footage.
The ball does appear to move, and it does look like it wobbles too.
However, the people who were there at the time, including me, were not aware of it, so it is really hard to make a judgment in this situation.




If I was aware of the ball moving during play, as a professional golfer, I would always report it there and then.





If I thought it moved I would have said so right then.




I love golf. And to be honest I believe there is a God.
I want to continue playing golf in a way that is true to me, with confidence, and I don’t want to have this uncomfortable cloud hanging over me when it’s time for Evian next week so I decided to write my honest thoughts here in my blog.




I feel terrible having so many people worried about me.
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t shocked or feeling down about this situation, but I will go on strongly, with confidence in what I believe, and I’ll show you I can break through all kinds of walls!

I hope you’ll keep supporting me from now on too.

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Media Information

From the website management.
Thank you for your support of Momoko Ueda.

Momoko will appear in a documentary television program featuring women athletes performing around the world.
Don’t miss it!

■TBS
“Goddesses of the field”
Monday 20th July 16:00~16:54
http://www.rkb.ne.jp/field/
Female athletes who take on the world: their “now”

A documentary television program focusing on female athletes performing on the world stage.
Long interviews are part of an in-depth focus on Momoko Ueda’s 2nd year taking on the challenge of the US tour.
Featured athletes:
Yuri Kato (marathon), Aiko Uemura (mogul) and Momoko Ueda (professional golf)

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The character you see om Momoko’s head is “Momoppi!”.
We had a golfer version made especially.
Thanks to RKB!

Thanks again for your support.




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