Sunday, November 28, 2010

Ricoh Cup Sunday: Inbee Park Finally Gets Her 2nd JLPGA Win!

The final round of the Ricoh Cup wasn't pretty, as only 3 players were able to avoid going over par, but Inbee Park managed to fend off fellow JLPGA rookie and money-list title-holder Sun-Ju Ahn for her 2nd win of the season and 1st major on tour.

Park started well with a birdie, but gave it back and more with a double bogey on the long par-5 2nd and a bogey on the medium-length par-4 4th. By then, Ahn, who parred her 1st 4 holes was only 1 behind her. The deficit remained 1 after 8 holes, after Park had rattled off 4 pars and Ahn had recovered from a bogey on the long par-3 5th with a birdie on the medium-length par-4 6th. But then Park got hot, birdieing the 9th through 11th holes before Ahn could finally match her last birdie, keeping the lead to 3. Even though Ahn bogeyed the next hole, a short par 3, to fall 4 back, she didn't give up. After she birdied the short par-5 13th and Park bogeyed the long par-4 14th, Ahn was 2 down with 4 to play. Unfortunately for her, she fell apart, making 3 bogeys down the stretch to Park's 1. And just like that, Park had avoided getting her 7th silver medal in her 14th start on the JLPGA this season.

Here's how the final tournament of the season ended:

1st/-1 Inbee Park (72-72-70-73)
T2/+3 Sun-Ju Ahn (72-72-73-74), Mika Miyazato (70-71-76-74)
4th/+4 Yuri Fudoh (69-76-72-75)
5th/+6 Miki Saiki (69-76-74-75)
T6/+7 Hiromi Takesue (70-79-74-72), Akane Iijima (71-77-73-74), Chie Arimura (72-74-74-75)
T9/+8 Saiki Fujita (72-75-75-74), Sakura Yokomine (72-71-78-75)

11th/+9 Ayako Uehara (72-74-75-76)
T12/+10 Rui Kitada (78-74-74-72), Na-Ri Kim (71-74-80-73), Na-Ri Lee (74-76-74-74), Mi-Jeong Jeon (70-79-73-76)
T16/+11 Ji-Hee Lee (75-74-76-74), Nikki Campbell (74-79-70-76)
T18/+12 Mayu Hattori (75-75-78-72), Eun-A Lim (74-75-74-77), Young Kim (72-74-77-77)
T21/+13 Mie Nakata (74-78-75-74), Nobuko Kizawa (73-76-78-74)
T23/+15 Hyun-Ju Shin (76-77-72-78), Rikako Morita (67-76-82-78)
25th/+16 Akiko Fukushima (77-76-76-75)
26th/+18 Yukari Baba (78-78-74-76)
27th/+19 Shinobu Moromizato (78-78-72-79)
28th/+21 Yoshimi Koda (74-79-78-78)
29th/+23 Yun-Jye Wei (79-81-75-76)

So here's the final 2010 JLPGA money list:

1. Sun-Ju Ahn ¥145.07M
2. Sakura Yokomine ¥101.83M
3. Mi-Jeong Jeon ¥92.31M
4. Yukari Baba ¥90.36M
5. Inbee Park ¥82.04M
6. Chie Arimura ¥79.25M
7. Yuri Fudoh ¥69.70M
8. Miki Saiki ¥69.56M
9. Akane Iijima ¥64.88M
10. Saiki Fujita ¥64.50M
11. Na-Ri Kim ¥59.36M
12. Rui Kitada ¥59.33M
13. Nikki Campbell ¥55.22M
14. Ji-Hee Lee ¥52.88M
15. Young Kim ¥49.89M
16. Ayako Uehara ¥48.70M
17. Mayu Hattori ¥48.62M
18. Ji-Yai Shin ¥47.82M
19. Mie Nakata ¥46.06M
20. Shinobu Moromizato ¥43.34M
21. Hiromi Takesue ¥42.43M
22. Eun-A Lim ¥42.09M
23. Na-Ri Lee ¥37.13M
24. Hyun-Ju Shin ¥36.76M
25. Miho Koga ¥34.53M
26. Hiromi Mogi ¥34.17M
27. Asako Fujimoto ¥33.25M
28. Rikako Morita ¥32.63M
29. Bo-Bae Song ¥31.16M
30. Akiko Fukushima ¥30.83M
31. Ji-Woo Lee ¥30.60M
32. Maiko Wakabayashi ¥28.00M
33. Ah-Reum Hwang ¥27.96M
34. Kaori Aoyama ¥27.51M
35. Tamie Durdin ¥27.00M
36. Yun-Jye Wei ¥24.83M
37. Ritsuko Ryu ¥22.21M
38. Junko Omote ¥22.17M
39. Momoko Ueda ¥21.77M
40. Nobuko Kizawa ¥21.66M
41. Chieko Amanuma ¥21.07M
42. Yui Kawahara ¥20.91M
43. Yoshimi Koda ¥20.52M
44. Yuki Ichinose ¥19.10M
45. Esther Lee ¥18.64M
46. Midori Yoneyama ¥18.47M
47. Li-Ying Ye ¥17.59M
48. Ai Miyazato ¥16.91M
49. Hiroko Ayada ¥16.77M
50. Yuko Mitsuka ¥15.65M

By my count, Ahn is 6th on the all-time JLPGA list for most winnings in a single season. Yokomine, who won the most in JLPGA history last season, broke the 100-million-yen barrier for the 4th-straight season; with her worst finish in the last 6 seasons being 4th in 2005, she's now 8th on the all-time money list. Similarly, Jeon hasn't finished worse than 6th on the money list in the last 5 seasons and has broken the 90-million-yen barrier in each of them; she's now 14th on the all-time money list. For Fudoh, still the only player in JLPGA history to earn more than a billion yen in her career, this was her 10th season in the top 10 on the money list. This was a career-best season for Baba, Saiki, Iijima, and Fujita, as well.

[Update 1 (10:46 am): Added a few points to this post in my summaries for Hound Dog LPGA and Waggle Room.]

No comments: