JLPGA star Chie Arimura earned her 10th career victory on the Japanese tour, outdueling Yukari Baba in a three hole playoff at the 2011 Hisako Higuchi – Morinaga Weider Ladies (formerly IDC Otsuka Ladies). Chie started her final round at 3-under, 3 shots behind Natsu Nagai. Birdies on 2, 6, 9 and 12, along with no bogeys, propelled Chie into first place at 7-under. But she was not alone. Yukari Baba, who won the 2011 Japan Women’s Open a few weeks ago, also was sitting at 7-under following a final round 2-under 70. After both players parred the opening playoff hole, Chie sank a 6 foot putt for birdie on the 2nd hole for the win. In addition to being her 10th career victory, it is also her third JLPGA triumph of the year. Chie takes home 12.6 million yen (around 116,000 USD) for first place. She trails JLPGA Money List leader Sun-Ju Ahn of Korea by 32.7 million yen (around 431,000 USD) with 4 regular events remaining.
CHIE ARIMURA (Winner, 7-under)
YUKARI BABA (2nd, 7-under)
KAORI OHE (T3, 4-under)
RIKAKO MORITA (T3, 4-under)
SHANSHAN FENG (T3, 4-under)
AKANE IIJIMA (T6, 3-under)
ESTHER LEE (T6, 3-under)
MIKA MIYAZATO (T6, 3-under)
CHIE ARIMURA and MIKA MIYAZATO
ASAKO FUJIMOTO (T6, 3-under)
KAORI AOYAMA (T13, 2-under)
ERINA HARA (T13, 2-under)
NA YEON CHOI (T19, 1-under)
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KAORI AOYAMA Looks like Chie’s twin sister..
True…gotta root for Chie to win Mizuno this week…maybe that would make her come to the States…btw, added the video of her win too…
Yeah!! our kawaii Chie win again!!! If she win Mizuno this week, then she will be inside of world top 10, also with a weak field without Yani & other super stars, back 2 back W is likely to happen for her. I have a feeling, Chie will replace Ai to become the top ranked Japanese golfer before the next season end 🙂
On the other hand, with a major going on in Korea last week, why NYC decided to play in Japan? any idea Bobby?
I’m not sure why NYC is playing in Japan…but I’m glad she is…however, I will be rooting for Chie…because maybe if Chie wins Mizuno, she will think about coming to the LPGA with the automatic exemption 🙂
“she will think about coming to the LPGA with the automatic exemption” This is what I’m talking about, with the worst field of the season, this is the best chance for her do it, can’t wait to become the #2 fan of Chie next year, of course can’t take the #1 spot from you 🙂
No, I think NTB takes the crown as top Chie fan! 🙂