Sunday, April 25, 2010

Fujisankei Ladies Classic Sunday: Hattori Hangs on for 2nd Career Win

Mayu Hattori made the Fujisankei Ladies Classic her 2nd career win on the JLPGA today, but in the end she needed a little help from Inbee Park, Nikki Campbell, and Bo-Bae Song.

Park, going off an hour and a half before the final threesome, started the day at even par, but, after an eagle at the short par-5 5th and birdies at the short par-3 9th, short par-4 10th, and short par-3 11th, she stood at -5 for the tournament. At that point, she was only 3 behind Hattori, who parred her 1st 4 holes. But then Park birdied the long par-4 13th and short par-5 16th to get to -7. By that time, Campbell had birdied 3 of her 1st 7 holes to get to -8, 1 shot behind Hattori, who like Park and Campbell birdied the 5th. 1st-round leader and 2nd-round co-leader Bo-Bae Song, meanwhile, had bounced back from a bogey-triple start with 3 straight birdies, but a bogey on the 7th dropped her back to -6 overall.

Then disaster struck all of Hattori's rivals. Campbell made back-to-back bogeys to close out the front and drop back to -6. Park doubled the 17th and parred the 18th to settle for a 67. Song bogeyed the 9th to join Park at -5, just as Hattori birdied it to get to double digits under par for the 1st time in the tournament. When Song doubled the 11th and Campbell bogeyed the 13th, it seemed like Hattori had the tournament well in hand. But then she matched Campbell's bogey on 13 and met Song's earlier double with one of her own on the long par-4 16th. All of a sudden Hattori was only -7 with 2 to play, only 1 shot up on Asako Fujimoto and 2-up on Park and Campbell. Long story short, after Fujimoto bogeyed the 18th and Campbell and Hattori matched pars on the last 2 holes, Hattori made her 2nd top 10 of 2010 her 2nd career JLPGA victory.

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

1st/-7 Mayu Hattori (68-68-73)
T2/-5 Inbee Park (69-75-67), Asako Fujimoto (70-70-71), Nikki Campbell (70-69-72)
T5/-4 Ji-Yai Shin (71-72-69), Mi-Jeong Jeon (71-72-69), Hiromi Mogi (70-70-72)
T8/-3 Ayako Uehara (73-69-71), Bo-Bae Song (67-69-77)
10th/-2 Yuko Mitsuka (70-70-74)

11th/-1 Sakura Yokomine (71-72-72)
T12/E Yuri Fudoh (72-75-69), Miki Saiki (76-71-69), Esther Lee (71-75-70), Rui Kitada (71-74-71), Akane Iijima (72-70-74), Shinobu Moromizato (71-71-74), Chie Arimura (69-73-74)
T20/+1 Miho Koga (74-73-70), Yukari Baba (72-75-70)
T24/+2 Na-Ri Kim (70-72-76)
T29/+4 Rikako Morita (75-73-72), Tamie Durdin (75-71-74), Young Kim (75-69-76), Yuki Ichinose (72-72-76)
T35/+5 Seon Hwa Lee (77-71-73), Mie Nakata (76-71-74), Li-Ying Ye (74-72-75)
T40/+6 Ritsuko Ryu (74-74-74), Maiko Wakabayashi (76-71-75), Kaori Aoyama (75-70-77)
T45/+7 So-Hee Kim (75-71-77)
55th/+10 Jae-Hee Bae (72-76-78)

Even though Park couldn't get her 2nd-straight win on the JLPGA, she extended her lead on the money list on the idle Sun Ju Ahn:

1. Inbee Park ¥35.06M
2. Sun Ju Ahn ¥25.45M
3. Chie Arimura ¥21.82M
4. Rui Kitada ¥20.54M
5. Miho Koga ¥18.01M
6. Yun-Jye Wei ¥17.22M
7. Mayu Hattori ¥16.52M
8. Asako Fujimoto ¥13.19M
9. Ji-Yai Shin ¥13.16M
10. Kaori Aoyama ¥11.16M
11. Chieko Amanuma ¥10.88M
12. Bo-Bae Song ¥10.43M
13. Sakura Yokomine ¥9.93M
14. Mie Nakata ¥9.85M
15. Nikki Campbell ¥9.58M
16. Hiromi Mogi ¥9.22M
17. Shinobu Moromizato ¥9.01M
18. Yuko Mitsuka ¥8.39M
19. Ah-Reum Hwang ¥8.09M
20. Young Kim ¥8.08M
21. Yukari Baba ¥8.07M
22. Yuri Fudoh ¥7.94M
23. Ji-Hee Lee ¥7.78M
24. Hiroko Ayada ¥7.52M
25. Mi-Jeong Jeon ¥7.05M
26. Ayako Uehara ¥6.86M
27. Hiromi Takesue ¥6.55M
28. Momoko Ueda ¥5.84M
29. Akane Iijima ¥5.69M
30. Ai Miyazato ¥5.40M

Looks like Ji-Yai Shin, Inbee Park, Momoko Ueda, Seon Hwa Lee, and Young Kim are the only LPGAers skipping Lorena's last tournament, the Tres Marias Championship, and playing the CyberAgent Ladies event on the JLPGA next week. Two Three great events coming right up (with the KLPGA swinging back into action, as well)!

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