Sunday, July 4, 2010

JMA Engineering Women's Open Sunday: Shin Does It!

The final round of the JMA Engineering Women's Open must have been played in terrible conditions, as the low round of the day was Sun-Ju Ahn's 69 and only 2 other players went under par, but in the end the Saturday co-leaders faced off in a playoff and Hyun-Ju Shin beat Chieko Amanuma on the 1st hole with a tap-in par.

For awhile, it looked like no one wanted to win this thing. Amanuma jumped out to a lead on the front when she birdied 3 of her 1st 8 holes to get to -13 just as Shin was dropping back to -9. But she gave a shot back when she bogeyed the 519-yard par-5 9th and 2 shots back when she tripled the 378-yard par-4 10th. Still, Amanuma held onto her lead even after Shin tied her with a birdie on the next hole, a 325-yard par 4, as Shin followed it up with a bogey on the 158-yard par 3 and they exchanged pars over the next 5 holes. When Amanuma bogeyed the 18th for a 40 on the back, though, she fell back into the playoff with Shin.

Saiki Fujita had a chance to join them, but she bogeyed 2 of her last 6 holes to fall 2 off the pace and end up 1 behind Hiroko Ayada, whose walkoff bogey dropped her out of the playoff, as well. Nobody else made a run at the leaders as they faltered, so in the end Amanuma had lost her 6th-straight playoff and Shin had gotten her 5th career JLPGA victory.

1st/-8 Hyun-Ju Shin (67-67-74) [won in playoff]
2nd/-8 Chieko Amanuma (68-66-74)
3rd/-7 Hiroko Ayada (67-69-73)
4th/-6 Saiki Fujita (70-69-71)
T5/-5 Sun-Ju Ahn (73-69-69), Mi-Jeong Jeon (72-67-72), Ji-Woo Lee (70-69-72), Ji-Hee Lee (69-70-72)
9th/-4 Yukari Baba (70-68-74)
T10/-3 Yuri Fudoh (71-70-72), Akane Iijima (68-71-74)

12th/-2 Na-Ri Kim (68-74-72)
T13/-1 Ah-Reum Hwang (67-74-74), Na-Ri Lee (70-68-77)
16th/E Miho Koga (72-71-73)
T17/+1 Ayako Uehara (70-74-73), Mayu Hattori (71-70-76)
T25/+3 Jae-Hee Bae (75-70-74)
T27/+4 Asako Fujimoto (74-73-73), Rui Kitada (73-69-78)
T31/+5 Maiko Wakabayashi (76-67-78)
T33/+6 Akiko Fukushima (71-72-79)
T41/+7 Esther Lee (73-74-76), Ritsuko Ryu (74-72-77), Eun-A Lim (77-68-78), Yun-Jye Wei (75-70-78), Li-Ying Ye (73-72-78)
T47/+8 Hiromi Mogi (73-73-78)
T50/+9 Yuki Ichinose (73-74-78)

Sakura Yokomine, playing in the States in the LPGA Championship last week and the U.S. Women's Open next week, held onto the top spot on the JLPGA money list, but the race for #1 on tour is heating up and tightening up:

1. Sakura Yokomine ¥45.53M
2. Mi-Jeong Jeon ¥44.36M
3. Sun-Ju Ahn ¥39.53M
4. Inbee Park ¥36.50M
5. Akane Iijima ¥34.12M
6. Chie Arimura ¥33.20M
7. Rui Kitada ¥32.28M
8. Yuri Fudoh ¥30.97M
9. Miho Koga ¥30.66M
10. Mayu Hattori ¥28.37M
11. Nikki Campbell ¥26.27M
12. Ji-Yai Shin ¥25.76M
13. Hyun-Ju Shin ¥25.49M
14. Yukari Baba ¥23.95M
15. Mie Nakata ¥23.81M
16. Shinobu Moromizato ¥23.74M
17. Young Kim ¥22.73M
18. Hiromi Takesue ¥21.98M
19. Yun-Jye Wei ¥20.76M
20. Ayako Uehara ¥20.14M
21. Hiromi Mogi ¥20.03M
22. Asako Fujimoto ¥19.68M
23. Chieko Amanuma ¥17.51M
24. Bo-Bae Song ¥17.44M
25. Saiki Fujita ¥17.27M
26. Ji-Hee Lee ¥17.18M
27. Rikako Morita ¥17.06M
28. Kaori Aoyama ¥16.30M
29. Hiroko Ayada ¥14.41M
30. Yoshimi Koda ¥14.31M

Anyone who goes on a winning tear has a chance to take control of the money list on the JLPGA. And with the tour's best likely to be in the States and Europe over the next several weeks, that means that the next 2 events on the schedule present a great opportunity for some to horn in on their territory. The Meiji Chocolate Cup goes up against the U.S. Women's Open and the Stanley Ladies is the only major professional women's tour event being played in the world the following week. Let's see who takes advantage!

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