Sunday, June 24, 2012

Earth Mondamin Cup Overview: Mayu Hattori Beats Sakura Yokomine and Chie Arimura

For awhile, it looked like the run of non-Japanese winners on the JLPGA would extend to 8-straight events, as Sun-Ju Ahn was playing well through the 1st 10 holes of the Earth Mondamin Cup, maintaining her 1-shot lead on Chie Arimura by matching her opening 33 and birdieing the 10th holes while opening up a 3-shot lead on 2nd-round co-leaders Sakura Yokomine and Mayu Hattori.  But she faltered with 2 bogeys and no birdies over her last 8 holes, leaving the door open for the Japanese trio to fight it out for 1st place.  Arimura maintained a 2-shot lead on Yokomine and Hattori heading into the last 2 holes, but could only par them both.  Yokomine birdied both to tie her, and Hattori birdied the 17th.  So she needed a birdie to force a playoff.  Instead, she eagled the 485-yard par 5 to take her 1st JLPGA victory of 2012 and 4th of her career.

More to come after the completion of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic!

[Update 1 (6/25/12, 11:07 pm):  Here's how the updated JLPGA money list now looks!

1. Mi-Jeong Jeon ¥59.76M
2. Sun-Ju Ahn ¥50.79M
3. Ritsuko Ryu ¥47.79M
4. Mayu Hattori ¥46.52M
5. Ji-Hee Lee ¥45.19M
6. Miki Saiki ¥42.39M
7. Sakura Yokomine ¥35.25M
8. Bo-Mee Lee ¥35.16M
9. Chie Arimura ¥34.58M
10. Inbee Park ¥28.27M
11. Soo-Yun Kang ¥26.78M
12. Hiromi Mogi ¥26.07M
13. Maiko Wakabayashi ¥24.42M
14. Shanshan Feng ¥24.28M
15. Rikako Morita ¥23.72M
16. Mihoko Iseri ¥23.16M
17. Kaori Ohe ¥22.49M
18. Hyun-Ju Shin ¥19.80M
19. Yuki Ichinose ¥18.19M
20. Airi Saitoh ¥16.10M
21. Yukari Baba ¥15.44M
22. Ayako Uehara ¥15.09M
23. Ji-Yai Shin ¥13.88M
24. Yuri Fudoh ¥13.84M
25. Akane Iijima ¥13.45M
26. Teresa Lu ¥13.30M
27. Esther Lee ¥13.19M
28. Na-Ri Lee¥12.66M
29. Erina Hara ¥12.30M
30. Shinobu Moromizato ¥12.09M
31. Rui Kitada ¥12.05M
32. Miki Sakai ¥11.98M
33. Erika Kikuchi ¥11.33M
34. Yumiko Yoshida ¥11.23M
35. Young Kim¥10.63M
36. Bo-Bae Song ¥10.20M
37. So-Hee Kim ¥10.15M
38. Megumi Kido ¥10.09M
39. Na-Ri Kim ¥9.93M
40. Yuko Fukuda ¥9.71M
41. Kumiko Kaneda ¥9.65M
42. Harukyo Nomura ¥8.79M
43. Da-Ye Na ¥7.89M
44. Li-Ying Ye ¥7.68M
45. Nikki Campbell ¥7.25M
46. Shiho Toyonaga¥7.04M
47. Junko Omote ¥6.70M
48. Eun-Bi Jang¥6.35M
49. Yuko Mitsuka ¥6.32M
50. Asako Fujimoto ¥6.28M

Up this week is the Nichi-Iko Ladies Open (also known as the Sun Engineering Ladies!), which Ayako Uehara won last year.  The usual cast of JLPGA members will be there, although Shiho Oyama's start to the 2012 season remains delayed.  She wrote in her blog in late April that she could only practice with 3/4 swings.  I'm wondering if it's a flare-up of her elbow problems that required surgery awhile back or a new injury entirely.  Just wanted to wish her a full and speedy recovery and best of luck during her rehab.]

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