Sunday, September 7, 2014

Golf 5 Ladies Sunday: Shiho Oyama Wins for 14th Time on JLPGA

Shiho Oyama nursed her 6-shot lead on Misuzu Narita heading into the final round of the Golf 5 Ladies, matching her rival's birdie on the par-5 2nd hole and closing out her own round with 15 pars and only 1 bogey as she finished where she started the day at -16.  That was good enough for a 2-shot victory over Narita, who birdied 4 holes between the 7th and 13th to put some pressure on the now-14-time winner on the JLPGA, but whose bogey on the par-5 16th helped seal the deal for Oyama.  The round of the day belonged to Na-Ri Lee (65), who vaulted into a tie for 3rd with Rumi Yoshiba (66) on the strength of a 12-hole stretch in the middle of her round that included 2 birdies on the front, an eagle on the short par-5 10th, and 4 birdies in a row before it was interrupted by a bogey on the par-4 17th.  Eun-Bi Jang also fired a 66, while Kumiko Kaneda moved into T11 thanks to a 6-birdie 67.

In the end, Yumiko Yoshida (73, -7, T11) was unable to defend her title and Ji-Yai Shin (72, -5, T18) was unable to make a big move on the idle money-list leader Bo-Mee Lee or #2 Sun-Ju Ahn.  So heading into the JLPGA's major season, here's what the money list now looks like:

1. Bo-Mee Lee ¥104.86M
2. Sun-Ju Ahn ¥90.51M
3. Misuzu Narita ¥75.15M
4. Ji-Yai Shin ¥68.75M
5. Miki Sakai ¥61.16M
6. Erina Hara ¥48.57M
7. Teresa Lu ¥47.34M
8. Ayaka Watanabe ¥43.22M
9. Shiho Oyama ¥43.15M
10. Esther Lee ¥41.74M
11. Onnarin Sattayabanphot ¥41.34M
12. Rikako Morita ¥37.11M
13. Lala Anai ¥36.51M
14. Ritsuko Ryu ¥35.58M
15. Mi-Jeong Jeon ¥34.32M
16. Yuki Ichinose ¥31.61M
17. Na-Ri Lee ¥31.42M
18. Momoko Ueda ¥31.17M
19. Saiki Fujita ¥30.77M
20. Ji-Hee Lee ¥29.45M
21. Phoebe Yao ¥27.65M
22. Mayu Hattori ¥27.02M
23. Hikari Fujita ¥25.53M
24. Yumiko Yoshida ¥24.44M
25. Kaori Ohe ¥22.92M
26. Asako Fujimoto ¥22.41M
27. Yukari Baba ¥22.10M
28. Sakura Yokomine ¥21.82M
29. Rumi Yoshiba ¥21.72M
30. Yeon-Ju Jung ¥21.33M
31. Junko Omote ¥21.26M
32. Megumi Kido ¥20.80M
33. Kotono Kozuma ¥20.54M
34. Mami Fukuda ¥20.53M
35. Mamiko Higa ¥20.11M
36. Shanshan Feng ¥20.04M
37. Natsuka Hori ¥19.24M
38. Erika Kikuchi ¥19.23M
39. Soo-Yun Kang ¥18.79M
40. Akane Iijima ¥17.68M
41. Miki Saiki ¥16.28M
42. Na-Ri Kim ¥16.25M
43. Yuri Fudoh ¥14.29M
44. Megumi Shimokawa ¥14.09M
45. Yukari Nishiyama ¥13.87M

Next up is the Konica Minolta Cup, the 2nd major of the 2014 JLPGA season, where Bo-Mee Lee will be attempting to extend her lead on the money-list and defend her title.  The only big-name player choosing to play in the LPGA/LET's Evian Championship instead will be Sakura Yokomine.  Should be a great showdown between the JLPGA's finest, all of whom come into next week with a lot of momentum!

[Update 1 (12:36 pm):  bangkokbobby has started JLPGA blogging again, with recent posts on wins by Shiho Oyama, Ji-Yai Shin, and Momoko Ueda.]

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