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The three days are over[手(パー)]

There sure is a difference between a three day tournament and a four day tournament!!

It’s so much easier on my body…

But that’s unimportant[手(パー)]

That double bogey on the last hole…

I had intended to hit a fade, but it swung out to the right and into the pond…[がまん顔]

It’s disappointing, but in the final stages I just didn’t have quite enough skills.
Or rather, I didn’t have quite enough physical strength or practice under my belt.

The rest were just plain old mistakes, I guess you call it[わーい(嬉しい顔)][あせあせ(飛び散る汗)]
Simply careless mistakes and a lack of concentration is what it comes down to!!

But I do feel that I have grasped something to take away this time.

That is to accept the results, and wait!!

If I tell myself “I must make this birdie hole!!”, I can’t play my own golf[がまん顔]I guess it’s about the difference between concentrating on each hit for a birdie hole, and ending up with a birdie…!?

I can’t explain it very well, but I think that what I realized this time is helping me to have confidence in my golf, and that what I need to do now to improve my probability is to practice[ぴかぴか(新しい)]

That’s it!!

Tomorrow I have to get up at 3am, leave the hotel at 4, catch a 6am flight to Canada, change flights on the way, and when I arrive, go directly to the course to play a round...[わーい(嬉しい顔)][あせあせ(飛び散る汗)]

This is what is tough about the USA[わーい(嬉しい顔)][あせあせ(飛び散る汗)]
There’s not time to rest…It’s a battle against physical exhaustion[パンチ]!!

By the way, it’s 11:40 at night now.
Yet again there’s no time to sleep[右斜め下]

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As per the title...

Is it because I’m still only 23 I wonder…[ほっとした顔]!?
I’ve recovered[手(チョキ)]
I can’t say I’m 100%, but at least the nausea has gone[ぴかぴか(新しい)]
Yesterday the ball wasn’t travelling far, and wasn’t getting as close as I expected, but I still finished two under par, while today my shots were good but I still finished just one under[わーい(嬉しい顔)][あせあせ(飛び散る汗)]

GOLF is interesting isn’t it[わーい(嬉しい顔)]

The reason I didn’t do better today is definitely because of the two 3 puts from the 6th to 10th hole and the short birdie putt I missed.

My hunger – the feeling “I want to get this!” – was really strong…[がまん顔]
But then again I got through that difficult 18th hole with the pond on a birdie, and was really moved and encouraged by all the cheering from the gallery[黒ハート]

And I thought “This! This is what I play golf for[がまん顔]!![手(パー)]

I’m not in bad form, so tomorrow I’ll do my best[手(チョキ)]

This is a photo of Boba, which I couldn’t drink because I was sick[ほっとした顔]I love this stuff[黒ハート]


OK everyone, sorry to have worried you. Good night[わーい(嬉しい顔)]!!

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Firstly I want to say thanks…
to all those fans who were cheering me on through the night and into the morning!!
Thanks so much[ぴかぴか(新しい)]

I think it was thanks to everyone’s efforts cheering me on that I was able to get through the closing 3 holes 4 under par!!
I finished with a chip-in eagle so I was lucky too[手(チョキ)]


To tell the truth, the thought of withdrawing even crossed my mind at the third hole today.
The nausea was just overpowering…
As well as that, perhaps because of the medicine I was taking for stomach pains, I was just physically weak and couldn’t find my strength…

My ball must have been falling 20Y short of normal…

Amidst all this, I remembered something that Ayako Okamoto said to me last year.

“You mustn’t use the withdrawal option unless you are injured to the extent that you can’t hit the ball or something equivalent[手(パー)]
By soldiering on even though it hurts or is tough, you have a chance to discover your weaknesses, take opportunities, learn your strengths…
In any case you can understand your own golf!”

As I headed towards the fourth hole, this drifted into my mind[ぴかぴか(新しい)]

“Right!!” I thought.
“I just need to do this…And if I really can’t do it, I will tell Terry…”

From there on I experimented with hitting lightly, altering my management… I was able to try out ideas, and I felt at peace I guess[ほっとした顔][ぴかぴか(新しい)]

I think it was really good that I made it through the round with emotional strength[ぴかぴか(新しい)]

Finally two things[るんるん]
These photos…
Tiger was all over the wall!! He is so cool[ほっとした顔]!!


And one more.
To Mom[わーい(嬉しい顔)]
No need to worry[手(チョキ)]
It is tough but I’m hanging in there doing my best!!
I won’t[mail to]you because I don’t want to get all sad[わーい(嬉しい顔)]
I’m growing day by day, so just keep cheering for me from Japan[手(パー)]

Well, everybody[右斜め上][右斜め上]

Bye for now[手(チョキ)]

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Please don’t worry about me[手(パー)]

But, I wasn’t able to play in the Pro-Am today…
I wasn’t well ever since arriving here, but today I felt worse than ever…[右斜め下]
With nausea and stomach pains[右斜め下]

For now I am resting today, hoping I’m good tomorrow…

I was so fired up and ready to go, only to have this happen…


If anyone knows a food with magical properties to make me better please tell me

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As I Promised

Everybody, as promised…[ぴかぴか(新しい)]

Here are my latest nails[るんるん] got them done at Matsushita-san’s salon Tout Soleil in the Daikanyama train station building again.[ほっとした顔][るんるん]
The theme, by the way, is…




Aren’t they pretty!?[ぴかぴか(新しい)]
I love ‘em[ウッシッシ][ぴかぴか(新しい)]

This jet lag is a killer so I’m going to sleep[あせあせ(飛び散る汗)]

You can find more info on Matsushita-san’s nail salon here↓↓↓

Thank you for always making my nails lovely!

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I'm here ☆

I have arrived safely back in the USA[手(チョキ)]

It’s always the same, but gee it’s a long trip[わーい(嬉しい顔)][あせあせ(飛び散る汗)]
The trip is exhausting.

And already jet lag is in full swing[わーい(嬉しい顔)][あせあせ(飛び散る汗)]

The first 3 days are a write off!

I think this time in particular.

Why would that be…!?

The extra-strong jet lag this time, and the overwhelming sleepiness just got to be too much for me and I slept endlessly once we arrived…[わーい(嬉しい顔)][あせあせ(飛び散る汗)]

There’s no need to remind me that I brought this upon myself OK?[手(パー)][ぴかぴか(新しい)]

Anyway…my Mom isn’t here with me on the US tour this time.
It is a decision that we put a lot of thought into, but it is a long story so I’ll leave it for another time[手(パー)]

If I can battle through for two weeks, the part on the US mainland will be over, and I’ll be travelling to Asia!! I really want to somehow put my heart into my play[パンチ]
Ezure-san taught me again, I’m all fired up for a fight, so all that’s left to do is enjoy it[手(チョキ)]

Momo’s gonna ENJOY it[手(チョキ)]!!

Please be cheering for me again this week[右斜め上]


This is a photo of the shampoo and conditioner I like[黒ハート]And the perfume I always use[ぴかぴか(新しい)]

Just some stuff I love[ウッシッシ][ぴかぴか(新しい)]

Tomorrow I’ll show you my nails for the first time in a while[手(パー)]

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It has been a while[ぴかぴか(新しい)]Very sorry!!
Wow, so many nice things happened in this week off…[るんるん]!!

I can’t tell you everything at once but I will try to tell you as much as I can[黒ハート]

Firstly, I went to Ayaka-san’s live concert yesterday[手(チョキ)]
It was awesome!! Her voice was so full of life it really grabbed my heart[黒ハート]This was a birthday present from my manager…[ぴかぴか(新しい)]hank you Yagara-san!!

I also got to meet the one and only Mr Kiyohara[ぴかぴか(新しい)]It was my goal for this year to meet him but never dreamed it would really happen so soon…[ほっとした顔]!!

And one more thing, my nails came up rather nicely[手(チョキ)]

But that’s not all! I got to really catch up with my cousin Miki-chan and talk heaps!!

So many good things happened that I feel like I’m ready to take on the remainder of the US tour with a last spurt!!

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Hi there!
Karuizawa is overflowing with people[わーい(嬉しい顔)][あせあせ(飛び散る汗)]I can’t believe how many people there are[ぴかぴか(新しい)]

Anyway, my caddie is Oh-chan, this week for the first time in two years[指でOK]
He is interesting to look at, and appears to be a bit careless, but actually he is really easy going in a good way, but at the same time is a caddie who totally understands how things have to flow when it’s time to pull your socks up[指でOK]

I’m having him carry for me for this week and the Tour Championship too[ぴかぴか(新しい)]

I’ll do my best this week too[指でOK]

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Firstly, I have to say how simply happy I am about this win[るんるん]

In the US I struggle to even remain in the running for first place, and I have doubts, and feel frustration…
I was so full of emotions, so I really wanted to find out how my own rhythm would be when I won, and how I would feel.

And I was able to find that out[ぴかぴか(新しい)]

This week it was really shots that pushed me along!!

But a lot of times I wasn’t performing where I should have been able to, so it was also a week that drew my attention to lots of areas to work on.

Image, rhythm and will.
I was focusing on these three themes as I played, and what I found was that I need to feel even more strongly about these.

But this is the main point!!

In a way there’s only winning or losing, and the fact that I managed to win when I really wanted to is, I believe, a sign of development… And I also feel that I have learned how to play golf with few mistakes…

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

This is only the beginning!!
In order to win in the US, and specifically the US open, I really need to acquire a lot of skills and develop myself a high level of emotional control!!

Playing in Japan again, I was really moved by the warmth of the voices of fans cheering me on [がまん顔][黒ハート]

Everyone, thank you for always supporting me[黒ハート]

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Hi there!!
Today did turn out to be a different day to yesterday[ぴかぴか(新しい)]
It’s just that I’m feeling really good[ぴかぴか(新しい)]
I have the feeling I am maintaining my concentration well as I go around the course[右斜め上]

Tomorrow, I think that naturally, even if I am told not to focus too much on winning, I will be very aware of just that, and basically I want to create an opportunity and grab it[パンチ]
That’s what I’d like, but of course first and foremost, in order to play my own golf, I need to to focus on the shot in front of me and do my best!!

I want to rediscover my own style so that I can go back to America with confidence!!
And I want to enjoy the feeling of playing the back 9 on Sunday…[ぴかぴか(新しい)]

Aside from that, all that remains is…

Be true to myself.
Where there’s a will…!!

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