Sunday, May 29, 2011

Yonex Ladies Sunday: Hiromi Mogi Beats Ji-Hee Lee with Walkoff Birdie

It was a war of attrition in today's final round of the Yonex Ladies, but in the end, the golfer who shot the round of the day, Hiromi Mogi, won the tournament with a birdie on the final hole, a 478-yard par 5.

Mogi's 5th career JLPGA victory was fueled by a bogey-free 33 on her final 9 and aided by the collapses of most of her competitors. Miki Sakai, who had to go to Q-School to keep her card for this season, was -5 after eagling the 373-yard par-4 8th hole, but she proceeded to double the 417-yard par-4 9th and shoot a birdieless 39 on the back. Sakura Yokomine, who started the day 1 off the lead, was still at -4 through 5 holes, but doubled the 513-yard par-5 6th and followed it up with a bogey on the 8th. It was a bogey on the 9th and a double on the 363-yard par-4 12th that derailed defending champion Mi-Jeong Jeon; she, too, had been at -4. In the end, only 2nd-round leader Ji-Hee Lee was in the hunt, despite stumbling out of the gates with a birdieless 38 to drop to -3. She fought back to -4 with a birdie on the 472-yard par-5 13th, then bounced back from a bogey on the 167-yard par-3 16th with a clutch birdie on the 403-yard par-4 17th. But Mogi applied pressure to her from 1 group ahead of her with a walkoff birdie and when Lee failed to match it, the tournament was Mogi's.

Here's how the leaders and notables ended up:

1st/-5 Hiromi Mogi (70-71-70)
2nd/-4 Ji-Hee Lee (69-70-73)
T3/-3 So-Hee Kim (72-70-71), Ayako Uehara (71-71-71)
5th/-2 Sakura Yokomine (69-71-74)
T6/-1 Eun-Bi Jang (74-69-72), Mi-Jeong Jeon (72-70-73), Eun-A Lim (72-70-73)
T9/E Akane Iijima (74-69-73), Ritsuko Ryu (69-72-75), Miki Sakai (71-69-76)

T12/+1 Inbee Park (68-75-74), Hyun-Ju Shin (70-72-75)
T14/+2 Li-Ying Ye (72-73-73), Yuki Ichinose (71-73-74), Yukari Baba (69-73-76)
T20/+4 Kumiko Kaneda (76-72-72), Young Kim (76-69-75), Miki Saiki (71-73-76)
T23/+5 Na-Ri Lee (79-69-73), Kaori Aoyama (70-74-77), Rui Kitada (74-69-78)
T26/+6 Mie Nakata (75-72-75), Shiho Oyama (78-68-76), Asako Fujimoto (73-73-76)
T31/+7 Miho Koga (76-74-73)
T34/+8 Rui Yokomine (72-77-75), Miki Uehara (73-75-76), Esther Lee (74-73-77)
T37/+9 Yun-Jye Wei (73-76-76)
T40/+10 Yumiko Yoshida (77-72-77), Erika Kikuchi (72-77-77), Julie Lu (73-73-80)
T48/+11 Mayu Hattori (78-71-78), Megumi Kido (73-75-79)
T50/+12 Maiko Wakabayashi (77-73-78), Mika Takushima (74-75-79), Yuri Fudoh (75-71-82)
T55/+13 Erina Hara (74-75-80)
T58/+14 Teresa Lu (74-76-80), Rikako Morita (77-71-82)

Note how high the scoring was--I wonder if that Supertyphoon that hit Okinawa affected the weather in Niigata? In any case, here's who's in the JLPGA Top 40:

1. Miki Saiki ¥38.55M
2. Sun-Ju Ahn ¥32.42M
3. Yuri Fudoh ¥30.10M
4. Hiromi Mogi ¥21.77M
5. Inbee Park ¥21.51M
6. Ji-Hee Lee ¥20.91M
7. Kumiko Kaneda ¥19.58M
8. Sakura Yokomine ¥19.49M
9. Rui Kitada ¥17.44M
10. Yukari Baba ¥14.56M
11. Momoko Ueda ¥13.77M
12. Teresa Lu ¥11.99M
13. Mi-Jeong Jeon ¥11.64M
14. Ji-Woo Lee ¥11.06M
15. Chie Arimura ¥10.99M
16. Ji-Yai Shin ¥10.67M
17. Saiki Fujita ¥10.01M
18. Mayu Hattori ¥9.22M
19. Bo-Bae Song ¥8.94M
20. Kaori Aoyama ¥8.67M
21. Ritsuko Ryu ¥8.34M
22. Ayako Uehara ¥7.67M
23. Bo-Mee Lee ¥7.49M
24. Yumiko Yoshida ¥7.37M
25. Young Kim ¥7.29M
26. Rikako Morita ¥7.20M
27. Mie Nakata ¥6.87M
28. Megumi Kido ¥6.75M
29. Shinobu Moromizato ¥6.46M
30. Shiho Oyama ¥6.23M
31. Akiko Fukushima ¥6.09M
32. Akane Iijima ¥5.98M
33. Asako Fujimoto ¥5.93M
34. Hyun-Ju Shin ¥5.78M
35. So-Hee Kim ¥5.76M
36. Ji-Na Lim ¥4.79M
37. Na-Ri Lee ¥4.70M
38. Yuki Ichinose ¥4.66M
39. Na-Ri Kim ¥4.65M
40. Miki Sakai ¥4.49M

Next up is the Resort Trust Ladies, in which the only newcomer to the JLPGA is Soo-Yun Kang. Everyone with dual LPGA-JLPGA membership is either already in or heading to the States, it seems, for the LPGA's stretch run of early-summer fireworks.

1 comment:

Sportate said...

It is a good thing that the LPGA players are headed home for a series of events. It is very hard for them to keep their place in the golf entertainment world when there are so many gaps in the schedule. As it is this week's event will be shown at midnight on the Golf Channel - how many loyal fans will still be awake!