WOWOW CORPORATION The LPGA 2020 season begins! WOWOW exclusively interviews Japan’s only ace, Nasa Hataoka, who is the only Japanese player to participate in a spectacular tournament round with celebrities from various fields!

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LPGA2020 season begins! WOWOW exclusively interviews Japan’s only ace, Nasa Hataoka, who is the only Japanese player to participate in a spectacular tournament round with celebrities from various fields! LPGA2020 Opening Game “Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions” WOWOW will be broadcast live daily from 1/16 (Thu.)!
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This tournament, which will be the stage of the opening game, will be newly established in 2019. Tour winners for the past two years will be given the right to qualify, and the sport and show business
celebrities will also enter. The course is located in Florida, USA, at Four Seasons Golf & Sports Club @ Orlando. Designed by Tom Fazio, a master of course that also renovates world-famous courses and Augusta National GC and Kasumigaseki CC.
The only participant from the Japanese side is the Japanese ace, Nasa Hataoka. WOWOW conducted an exclusive interview with Hataoka just before the opening.
■ Nasa Hataoka
Q. The 2020 season has finally begun, how are you feeling?
“I’m excited because the Tokyo Olympics will be held in August, and I’m thrilled until the representatives are decided at the end of June.”
Q. How was the OFF spent?
“In the beginning, there were many greetings, and I had been training and practicing since around Christmas.
Q. You said that you trained mainly on your upper body, which is not possible during the season. What was the content?
“I’ve done more times than usual. I think my upper body training was solid.” Q. Is the club setting changed from last year?
“I haven’t changed.”
Q. How is your condition?
“I think you are in good shape.”
Q. Last year’s opening race was entered, but how about a round with celebrities, unlike the regular tournament?
“There are a lot of celebrities and there is something different from the usual fun. There may not be anything like a game feeling.” Q. How do you switch your feelings?
“Once the game starts, LPGA players are also rounding in the front and back pairs, and after the second day they will be in the same pair, so there is a sense of tension.”
Q. Do you know who will be playing together tomorrow?
“It’s a baseball catcher and an amateur.”
Q. Anyone want to round together?
“I’m not very familiar with singers and professional athletes, but last year I played with a baseball player and the flight distance was amazing, so I would like to see that.”
Q. How is your impression of the course?
“The temperature is higher than last year. The fairways and greens are softer and I don’t have the impression that they are as fast or hard as last year.”
Q. Please give your enthusiasm for this week.
“I’m in good shape this week, so I want to make a good start so I don’t run idle.”
◆◆◆ WOWOW LPGA2020 Season Main Broadcast Schedule
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-Opening Game / Florida, USA -Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions 1/16 (Thursday) 1st midnight 3:00 [WOWOW live]
2nd day 1/17 (Fri) midnight 3:00 [WOWOW live]
3rd day 1/19 (Sun) 4:00 am [WOWOW Prime]
Last day 1/20 (Monday) 4:00 am [WOWOW live]
★ Live broadcast every day ★ Simultaneous delivery every day at WOWOW members on demand!
■ Participating players
Nana Hataoka, Brook Henderson, Lexi Thompson, Nelly Corda, Kim Se-yeon, Daniel Kang, Ji Eun-hee, Ariya Jutanegan
Celebrities: John Smoltz (former MLB player), Roger Clemens (former MLB player), Ray Allen (former NBA player)
■ Performers
Commentary: Michiko Hattori
The real condition: Yasushi Yoshimoto
Local reporter: Miki Katahira
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For more information about this release(Japanese):

https://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000005282.000001355.html


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