Sunday, August 30, 2009

Yonex Ladies Sunday: Jeon Does It Again

When you have a 4-shot lead through 36 holes on the JLPGA and shoot a bogey-free 66 on Sunday, you have every right to expect a runaway win. That's just what Mi-Jeong Jeon did, and got, at the Yonex Ladies today. The only player in the field to keep pace with her today, Yukari Baba, made it to -12, but stayed 5 shots behind her overall. The rest played from pretty well to very well, but lost ground anyway. With her 3rd runaway win of the season, Jeon has officially put her history of near misses behind her. Here are final results for the top 10 and notables:

1st/-17 Mi-Jeong Jeon (68-65-66)
2nd/-12 Yukari Baba (70-68-66)
T3/-9 Saiki Fujita (70-70-67), Mayu Hattori (71-67-69), Shinobu Moromizato (67-71-69), Eri Terasawa (67-71-69), Miho Koga (69-68-70)
8th/-8 Tomomi Hirose (67-71-70)
T9/-7 Bo-Bae Song (68-71-70), Toshimi Kimura (69-69-71)

T11/-6 Chie Arimura (71-71-68), Hiromi Mogi (70-72-68)
T14/-5 Sakura Yokomine (70-72-69), Ji-Hee Lee (69-73-69), Sakurako Mori (69-71-71), Na-Ri Kim (67-72-72)
T18/-4 Midori Yoneyama (73-70-69), Yuri Fudoh (71-71-70), Miki Saiki (69-72-71)
T24/-3 Woo-Soon Ko (72-71-70),
T31/-2 Kumiko Kaneda (69-75-70), So-Hee Kim (69-73-72)
T42/E Rikako Morita (73-71-72), Mie Nakata (69-74-73)
T45/+1 Li-Ying Ye (73-71-73)

The race for the top of the money list is officially on. With 4 wins, Moromizato stays on top, but the trio of 3-time winners--Yokomine, Jeon, and Arimura--are hot on her trail.

1. Shinobu Moromizato ¥97.90M
2. Sakura Yokomine ¥83.18M
3. Mi-Jeong Jeon ¥79.68M
4. Chie Arimura ¥74.50M
5. Yuko Mitsuka ¥64.15M
6. Ji-Hee Lee ¥47.83M
7. Miho Koga ¥42.72M
8. Yuko Saitoh ¥38.70M
9. Eun-A Lim ¥33.15M
10. Yukari Baba ¥30.30M
11. Erina Hara ¥29.59M
12. Ah-Reum Hwang ¥28.86M
13. Akiko Fukushima ¥28.74M
14. Ayako Uehara ¥28.15M
15. Tamie Durdin ¥25.98M
16. Rui Kitada ¥24.76M
17. Yuri Fudoh ¥23.34M
18. Midori Yoneyama ¥22.50M
19. Saiki Fujita ¥21.94M
20. Rikako Morita ¥21.81M
21. Ji-Woo Lee ¥21.68M
22. Li-Ying Ye ¥21.27M
23. Momoko Ueda ¥19.69M
24. Na-Ri Lee ¥19.50M
25. Nikki Campbell ¥19.48M
26. Miki Saiki ¥18.66M
27. Maiko Wakabayashi ¥18.06M
28. Hiromi Mogi ¥17.99M
29. Bo-Bae Song ¥16.40M
30. So-Hee Kim ¥16.22M

Nice 5-spot moves by Baba into the top 10 and Fujita into the top 20. Mayu Hattori has now moved to #41 on the list, 1 spot behind Ji-Yai Shin.

Next up on the schedule is the Golf5 Ladies, the last tune-up before the year's second major and highest-purse event of the year, the Konica Minolta Cup (it's tied with the Japan Women's Open at the end of September and, due to the weakness of the dollar against the yen, higher than the Mizuno Classic). The Golf5 Ladies field has been announced, and as expected, the LPGA's Japanese contingent will be playing in the Canadian Women's Open instead. But as this week's action shows, you don't need them for impressive results from the JLPGA.

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