Sunday, September 20, 2009

Munsingwear Ladies Tokai Classic Sunday: Yokomine Holds Off Fudoh and Wakabayashi for JLPGA Win #4

Leading billion-yen woman Yuri Fudoh by a single shot heading into the final round of the Munsingwear Ladies Tokai Classic, Sakura Yokomine rose to the challenge early in the final round, with 5 birdies in her 1st 11 holes. At -18 for the tournament at that point, she held a 3-stroke lead on Maiko Wakabayashi, who had fired a 33 on the front, and Fudoh, who had settled for a 34. But Yokomine wouldn't make a birdie the rest of the way and after her top competitors both birdied the par-5 12th and Yokomine bogeyed the par-5 15th, her lead was down to 1 on Wakabayashi and 2 on Fudoh. A Fudoh birdie on the short par-4 17th meant that Yokomine was only 1-up with 1 to play on both rivals. But she and Fudoh traded pars on the 367-yard par-4 18th, while Wakabayashi doubled it. Kyodo news won't allow access to the full story and the Full Metal Archivist is still asleep, so I don't have the play-by-play for you. But here are the final results for the top 10 and notables:

1st/-17 Sakura Yokomine (66-65-68)
2nd/-16 Yuri Fudoh (63-69-68)
3rd/-14 Maiko Wakabayashi (65-67-70)
T4/-13 Kaori Aoyama (71-65-67), Chie Arimura (67-67-69)
6th/-11 Yukari Baba (65-70-70)
T7/-9 Mi-Jeong Jeon (70-69-68), Ji-Hee Lee (67-71-69), Erina Hara (65-71-71)
T10/-8 Miho Koga (70-71-67), Hyun-Ju Shin (69-70-69)

T12/-7 Ah-Reum Hwang (70-70-69), Akiko Fukushima (69-69-71)
T15/-6 Ayako Uehara (73-68-69), So-Hee Kim (68-71-71)
T18/-5 Hiromi Mogi (71-69-71), Yuki Ichinose (69-71-71), Li-Ying Ye (72-67-72), Nikki Campbell (69-69-73)
T25/-4 Yun-Jye Wei (71-72-69)
T28/-3 Na-Ri Lee (70-71-72), Ji-Woo Lee (69-72-72)
T33/-2 Kumiko Kaneda (71-68-75)
T35/-1 Mayu Hattori (72-72-71), Mie Nakata (71-72-72), Shinobu Moromizato (73-68-74), Miki Saiki (70-70-75)
T40/E Rikako Morita (71-69-76)
T42/+1 Sakurako Mori (69-71-77)
45th/+2 Saiki Fujita (72-72-74)
T46/+3 Rui Kitada (68-73-78)

Yokomine is now only 1 win and 30 million yen behind Shinobu Moromizato this season. Here's how the JLPGA money list now looks:

1. Shinobu Moromizato ¥134.42M
2. Sakura Yokomine ¥104.40M
3. Mi-Jeong Jeon ¥95.74M
4. Chie Arimura ¥91.66M
5. Yuko Mitsuka ¥64.15M
6. Ji-Hee Lee ¥51.06M
7. Miho Koga ¥50.93M
8. Yukari Baba ¥42.92M
9. Yuko Saitoh ¥40.88M
10. Eun-A Lim ¥36.63M
11. Erina Hara ¥32.51M
12. Ayako Uehara ¥32.39M
13. Yuri Fudoh ¥32.38M
14. Ah-Reum Hwang ¥30.88M
15. Akiko Fukushima ¥30.10M
16. Rikako Morita ¥27.18M
17. Tamie Durdin ¥26.64M
18. Rui Kitada ¥25.90M
19. Nikki Campbell ¥25.39M
20. Maiko Wakabayashi ¥25.33M
21. Miki Saiki ¥24.89M
22. Midori Yoneyama ¥23.90M
23. Li-Ying Ye ¥23.35M
24. Na-Ri Lee ¥23.27M
25. Ji-Woo Lee ¥22.98M
26. Saiki Fujita ¥22.34M
27. Hiromi Mogi ¥21.49M
28. Momoko Ueda ¥21.03M
29. Kaori Aoyama ¥19.51M
30. Hyun-Ju Shin ¥18.93M
31. So-Hee Kim ¥18.35M
32. Bo-Bae Song ¥18.08M
33. Akane Iijima ¥15.70M
34. Mie Nakata ¥15.51M
35. Julie Lu ¥14.21M

I'll be back if or youtube come through with more details on Yokomine's huge win.

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