Sunday, June 7, 2009

Resort Trust Ladies Sunday: Mi-Jeong Jeon Wins Going Away

Now that's the way to nail down your 1st win in almost a year when you've let a quartet slip away! Mi-Jeong Jeon shot her 2nd straight 65 at the Resort Trust Ladies to beat Akiko Fukushima by 7 shots. Her 4-shot lead had actually slipped to 2 when she bogeyed the 2nd hole and Fukushima birdied it, but when Fukushima bogeyed the next, letting a Jeon bogey off the hook, that was the closest it got. Jeon birdied 8 of her last 12 holes to leave Fukushima in the dust. In fact, it took a Fukushima run of her own--5 birdies in her last 6 holes--to cut a 9-shot lead down to 7 and secure her runner-up finish. That's what happens when Jeon drops a 30 on the field to close out her 10th career JLPGA win. It was great to see her smile after sinking her final birdie putt on the 18th hole--many thanks to Okinawan TV for being a bit more golf-crazy than Chiba TV! And congrats to Mi-Jeong Jeon!

Here's how everything ended up for the top 10 and notables:

1st/-14 Mi-Jeong Jeon (72-65-65)
2nd/-7 Akiko Fukushima (71-70-68)
3rd/-3 Yuko Mitsuka (69-73-71)
T4/-2 Erina Hara (73-73-68), Rikako Morita (74-71-69)
T6/-1 Tomomi Hirose (76-71-68), Miki Saiki (76-68-71), Shinobu Moromizato (71-72-72), Maiko Wakabayashi (71-72-72), Li-Ying Ye (71-70-74)

Saiki missed her best chance for a top 3 finish since the beginning of last season when she finished +3 over her last 5 holes. Nice to see Morita getting a top 10. And guess whose final-hole bogey kept her just out of the top 10? Yup, Yokomine's T11 is tied for her worst finish of the season. Just think how she might have finished if she hadn't gone into double digits on that par 5 on the back on Saturday!

T11/E Sakura Yokomine (71-77-68), Bo-Bae Song (72-74-70), Nikki Campbell (77-68-71), Yukari Baba (71-72-73)
T16/+1 Miho Koga (76-72-69), Tamie Durdin (73-75-69), Na Zhang (74-73-70)
24th/+3 Rui Kitada (74-70-75)
T25/+4 Midori Yoneyama (74-75-71), Chie Arimura (70-76-74), Mayu Hattori (76-69-75), Yuri Fudoh (73-72-75)
T31/+5 Da-Ye Na (76-74-71), Mai Arai (76-73-72), Sakurako Mori (74-73-74)
T42/+9 Julie Lu (76-73-76), Mie Nakata (73-74-78)
T44/+10 Hiromi Mogi (75-74-77), Yun-Jye Wei (72-76-78)

And here's how the money list now looks:

1. Sakura Yokomine ¥53.38M
2. Yuko Mitsuka ¥46.36M
3. Mi-Jeong Jeon ¥39.83M
4. Shinobu Moromizato ¥37.48M
5. Chie Arimura ¥29.58M
6. Yuko Saitoh ¥28.89M
7. Ji-Hee Lee ¥26.98M
8. Ah-Reum Hwang ¥26.30M
9. Ayako Uehara ¥25.75M
10. Eun-A Lim ¥23.86M
11. Erina Hara ¥23.80M
12. Akiko Fukushima ¥20.77M
13. Tamie Durdin ¥20.43M
14. Miho Koga ¥18.16M
15. Ji-Woo Lee ¥17.44M
16. Yukari Baba ¥16.43M
17. Yuri Fudoh ¥16.26M
18. Maiko Wakabayashi ¥13.08M
19. Bo-Bae Song ¥12.24M
20. Rui Kitada ¥11.04M
21. Julie Lu ¥11.02M
22. Hyun-Ju Shin ¥10.69M
23. Mie Nakata ¥10.58M
24. Akane Iijima ¥10.37M
25. Midori Yoneyama ¥10.05M
26. Miki Saiki ¥10.02M
27. Kaori Aoyama ¥9.17M
28. Nikki Campbell ¥8.63M
29. Ji-Yai Shin ¥8.48M
30. Hiromi Mogi ¥8.00M

[Update 1 (8:06 am): Happy Fan reports that So Yeon Ryu cruised to her 2nd win in her last 3 events on the KLPGA!]

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