Sunday, August 31, 2008

Yonex Ladies Sunday: Kitada Does It!

Rui Kitada got her 5th career JLPGA win today at the Yonex Ladies, extending her lead to 3 shots on Erina Hara at the turn with a bogey-free 34 and cruising her way on the back to a 69 while the field was collapsing around the leaders. Only Ya-Huei Lu went lower than Kitada (and she needed to birdie 3 of her final 4 holes to post her 68) and only Sakura Yokomine could match her (she carded 4 birdies and a bogey in her final 5 holes to do so). Yup, only 3 players broke 70 this Sunday--tough conditions, even tougher win.

Here are the results:

1st/-9 Kitada (70-68-69)
2nd/-6 Hara (71-69-70)
3rd/-5 Yokomine (70-72-69)
4th/-4 Lu (73-71-68)
T5/-3 Hiromi Takesue (73-70-70), Momoyo Kawakubo (73-70-70), Yuri Fudoh (70-72-71), Jae-Hee Bae (72-70-71)
9th/-2 Maiko Wakabayashi (71-70-73)
T10/-1 Saiki Fujita (69-74-72), Yun-Joo Jeong (73-69-73), Keiko Sasaki (74-67-74), Mie Nakata (70-71-74)

Bae was -4 at the turn after making 3 birdies in a row in the middle of the front side, but lost her momentum at exactly the wrong time. Still, it's a great top 5 for her, Takesue, and Kawakubo--and nice top 10s for Jeong and Sasaki.

T14/E Shinobu Moromizato (71-72-73), Tamie Durdin (71-72-73)
T20/+1 Nikki Campbell (71-74-72), Akiko Fukushima (73-71-73)
T27/+2 Yuki Sakurai (75-71-72), Midori Yoneyama (73-73-72), Eun-A Lim (69-76-73)
T33/+3 Chie Arimura (74-71-74), Mayu Hattori (71-73-75)

This was the week where the JLPGA's B-list struck back. Sure puts things up in the air with the next major only weeks away.

Check out the new money list:

1. Akiko Fukushima ¥81.24M
2. Mi-Jeong Jeon ¥68.91M
3. Ji-Hee Lee ¥68.28M
4. Miho Koga ¥67.99M
5. Sakura Yokomine ¥56.88M
6. Erina Hara ¥50.92M
7. Ayako Uehara ¥49.52M
8. Yuko Mitsuka ¥48.88M
9. Eun-A Lim ¥45.00M
10. Hyun-Ju Shin ¥43.70M
11. Shiho Oyama ¥41.12M
12. Shinobu Moromizato ¥40.86M
13. Bo-Bae Song ¥40.26M
14. Chie Arimura ¥39.47M
15. Yukari Baba ¥38.80M
16. Yuri Fudoh ¥38.70M
17. Akane Iijima ¥37.41M
18. Hiromi Mogi ¥37.39M
19. Hiroko Yamaguchi ¥34.63M
20. Miki Saiki ¥34.14M
21. Ji-Woo Lee ¥30.73M
22. Rui Kitada ¥27.31M
23. Esther Lee ¥24.27M
24. Midori Yoneyama ¥22.64M
25. Momoko Ueda ¥19.17M
26. Mie Nakata ¥18.85M
27. Maiko Wakabayashi ¥18.64M
28. Na Zhang ¥18.06M
29. Mayu Hattori ¥17.77M
30. Yun-Jye Wei ¥17.42M

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