Daikin Orchid Ladies winner Rikako Morita made a move early in the final round of the T Point Ladies, but neither her 3 birdies on the front nor last week's winner Mi-Jeong Jeon's 4 birdies in her 1st 11 holes were enough to rattle 2nd-round leader Yuki Ichinose. When the 24-year-old matched their birdies on the par-5 13th for her 3rd birdie of the day, she served notice that they would have to take the title away from her. 5 pars by Ichinose later, it was apparent that neither of this year's winners would be able to deny the 6th-year pro her 1st career JLPGA victory.
Ichinose beat Morita by 1, Jeon by 2, and Teresa Lu, Ritsuko Ryu, Yukari Baba, Na-Ri Lee, and Erika Kikuchi by 4. Sakura Yokomine ended up at -7, 7 shots behind Ichinose, while even a final-round 67 by Sun-Ju Ahn left her 9 off the pace.
After 3 events, here's what the top of the JLPGA money list looks like:
1. Rikako Morita ￥26.16M
2. Mi-Jeong Jeon ￥20.01M
3. Yuki Ichinose ￥13.56M
4. Sakura Yokomine ￥9.23M
5. Young Kim ￥7.90M
6. Erika Kikuchi ￥7.67M
7. Ritsuko Ryu ￥7.09M
8. Onnarin Sattayabanphot ￥5.43M
9. Megumi Kido ￥4.72M
10. Yun-Jye Wei ￥4.59M
A lot of those up-and-coming Japanese women golfers I was writing about in years past have apparently up and came! Let's see if they can keep it going at the AXA Ladies!
[Update 1 (5:36 pm): Here's bangkokbobby's story.]