Women’s Golf Round-Up: Suzann Pettersen Wins 2012 KEB-Hana Bank Championship; So-Hee Kim Wins 2012 Masters GC Ladies; Mi-Hyun Kim Completes Final Career Tournament

Suzann Pettersen (click to enlarge)

I thought I’d try something different this time. Instead of splitting my LPGA and JLPGA posts, I just figured I’d start killing two birds with one post. If it works out, I will try adding KLPGA and LET coverage next year. Let’s start with Suzann Pettersen avoiding a winless year by holding on…barely…but holding on nonetheless to win the 2012 KEB-Hana Bank Championship. Yesterday, I said it was Suzann’s tournament to win or lose after finishing the middle round with a 5 shot lead. Early on, it looked like she would lose it as she stumbled out of the gate as she struggled on the par 3s, double bogeying the par 3 3rd and 12th and bogeying the par 3 8th. She was able to sandwich in 3 birdies, but her 2-over 74 opened the door for Catriona Matthew’s 5-under to tie things up at 11-under overall in regulation. Had Suzann let this one slip through her hands, I wonder how that would affect her going forward. But she was able to convert a birdie on the third playoff hole on the par 5 18th to edge Matthew for the title. Pettersen takes home $270,000 for her 9 career LPGA victory. On an unrelated note, gotta cheer Suzann, who recently spent time in Mozambique as part of the Right To Play initiative.

So-Hee Kim

A little bit of mixed emotions for me seeing So-Hee Kim chase down a stumbling Sakura Yokomine to win the 2012 Masters GC Ladies on the JLPGA Tour. I’m a Seoul Sisters fan, so it’s always nice to see one win a tournament. However, Sakura is my favorite JLPGA player. While Suzann Pettersen survived a 2-over 74 to win a playoff in Korea, Yokomine’s 1-over 73 did her in, dropping her from 12-under after the 2nd round into a 3 woman playoff after the 3rd round she ultimately lost. Obviously, just an even par round would have been enough for Sakura to emerge as champion. However, all credit must go to So-Hee for a great win, her second on the JLPGA and first since winning the 2007 Sankyo Ladies Open. She could have folded after back to back bogies on 6 and 7 left her at 1-over for the round. Instead, she immediately birdied the 8th and later 15th and 16th coming in. Meanwhile, Sakura just couldn’t get anything going. After a birdie on the 2nd hole, it was a par fest, hardly showing the form that earned her 12 birdies and no bogeys the first two rounds. She really dug a hole for herself with bogeys on 13 and 14. What’s done is done. Hopefully, Sakura will bounce back with a few tournaments to go this year. She hasn’t had a bad year if she were the average JLPGA player. 12th on the money list so far is nothing to sneeze at. But for Sakura, who has finished no lower than 4th on the money list from 2005 to 2011, it’s definitely not up to her high standards. By the way, of note to LPGA fans, Paula Creamer played this event instead of Hana Bank, finishing in a tie for 6th at 8-under.

Mi-Hyun Kim and her son (click to enlarge)

The 2012 KEB-Hana Bank Championship also mark the end of the wonderful career of Mi-Hyun Kim. I have already said my piece about Peanut in a tribute post you can read here: Mi-Hyun Kim Tribute. I will only reiterate her how much the retirements of Grace Park and Peanut have moved me this year. Time doesn’t wait for anybody. In the end for an athlete, the day comes when they either can’t do what they once could or the drive to do it is no longer there. The only regret I have for Peanut and Grace is that both of them, especially Grace, were robbed of potentially great years due to injuries. I wish both of them nothing but the best always.

JLPGA PHOTOS CANNOT BE ENLARGED

2012 MASTERS GC LADIES

SO-HEE KIM

SO-HEE KIM AND SAKURA YOKOMINE

ASAKO FUJIMOTO

CHIE ARIMURA

CHIE ARIMURA and PAULA CREAMER

ERINA HARA

KUMIKO KANEDA

MISUZU NARITA

PAULA CREAMER

RIKAKO MORITA

SAKURA YOKOMINE

SHIHO OYAMA

YUKARI BABA

YUKI ICHINOSE

YUMIKO YOSHIDA

YUMIKO YOSHIDA and AIRI SAITOH

LPGA PICS CAN BE ENLARGED BY CLICKING

2012 KEB-HANA BANK CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL ROUND

SUZANN PETTERSEN

MI-HYUN KIM (Farewell, Peanut! Best Wishes Always!)

CATRIONA MATTHEW

SE RI PAK

MICHELLE WIE

SO YEON RYU

YANI TSENG

LEXI THOMPSON

CHELLA CHOI

SANDRA GAL

INBEE PARK

 

Pos Name 1 2 3 Playoff Today Thru Total Strokes
1 x-Suzann Pettersen 63 68 74 14 +2 F -11 205
2 Catriona Matthew 68 70 67 15 -5 F -11 205
3 Yani Tseng 67 70 69 -3 F -10 206
4 Se Ri Pak 70 67 70 -2 F -9 207
T5 Sandra Gal 69 68 71 -1 F -8 208
T5 Lexi Thompson 68 70 70 -2 F -8 208
T7 Mina Harigae 68 72 69 -3 F -7 209
T7 Ha-Neul Kim 66 72 71 -1 F -7 209
T7 Brittany Lincicome 72 70 67 -5 F -7 209
T7 Azahara Munoz 66 72 71 -1 F -7 209
T7 Hee Young Park 69 73 67 -5 F -7 209
T7 So Yeon Ryu 66 70 73 +1 F -7 209
T13 Cristie Kerr 70 72 68 -4 F -6 210
T13 Karin Sjodin 64 75 71 -1 F -6 210
T15 Haeji Kang 70 70 71 -1 F -5 211
T15 Inbee Park 70 70 71 -1 F -5 211
T15 Jiyai Shin 71 71 69 -3 F -5 211
T18 Danielle Kang 71 70 71 -1 F -4 212
T18 Beatriz Recari 69 71 72 E F -4 212
T20 Jodi Ewart 74 69 70 -2 F -3 213
T20 Ai Miyazato 66 75 72 E F -3 213
T22 Julieta Granada 69 74 71 -1 F -2 214
T22 Brittany Lang 73 69 72 E F -2 214
T22 Jung-Min Lee 69 71 74 +2 F -2 214
T25 Yoon-Kyung Heo 69 74 72 E F -1 215
T25 Hyo-Joo Kim 68 73 74 +2 F -1 215
T25 Hyun Hee Moon 66 75 74 +2 F -1 215
T25 Gerina Piller 69 72 74 +2 F -1 215
T25 Amy Yang 70 72 73 +1 F -1 215
T30 Karine Icher 68 73 75 +3 F E 216
T30 I.K. Kim 73 73 70 -2 F E 216
T30 Michelle Wie 73 73 70 -2 F E 216
T33 Hee-Won Han 73 73 71 -1 F +1 217
T33 Katherine Hull 76 71 70 -2 F +1 217
T33 Hee-Won Jung 69 75 73 +1 F +1 217
T33 Ilhee Lee 72 73 72 E F +1 217
T33 Stacy Lewis 72 74 71 -1 F +1 217
T33 Angela Stanford 68 77 72 E F +1 217
T39 Na Yeon Choi 70 73 75 +3 F +2 218
T39 Shanshan Feng 72 74 72 E F +2 218
T39 Eun-Hee Ji 71 74 73 +1 F +2 218
T39 Jennifer Johnson 70 75 73 +1 F +2 218
T39 Mirim Lee 75 71 72 E F +2 218
T39 Anna Nordqvist 75 72 71 -1 F +2 218
T45 Nicole Castrale 70 75 74 +2 F +3 219
T45 Chella Choi 76 70 73 +1 F +3 219
T45 Ran Hong 75 73 71 -1 F +3 219
T45 Ji-Hyun Kim 70 75 74 +2 F +3 219
T45 Hee Kyung Seo 69 74 76 +4 F +3 219
T45 Je-Yoon Yang 71 75 73 +1 F +3 219
T51 Vicky Hurst 72 76 72 E F +4 220
T51 Hye Youn Kim 73 76 71 -1 F +4 220
T53 Katie Futcher 73 76 72 E F +5 221
T53 Meena Lee 76 71 74 +2 F +5 221
T53 Hyun-Hwa Sim 74 75 72 E F +5 221
T53 Soo-Jin Yang 76 72 73 +1 F +5 221
T53 Lindsey Wright 73 73 75 +3 F +5 221
T58 Rye-Jung Lee 74 73 75 +3 F +6 222
T58 Sun Young Yoo 74 75 73 +1 F +6 222
T60 Cheyenne Woods 73 76 75 +3 F +8 224
T60 Mi Hyun Kim 76 70 78 +6 F +8 224
T60 Jessica Korda 80 68 76 +4 F +8 224
T60 Pornanong Phatlum 71 75 78 +6 F +8 224
T60 Giulia Sergas 77 72 75 +3 F +8 224
T60 Jenny Shin 75 75 74 +2 F +8 224
T66 Char Young Kim 75 75 75 +3 F +9 225
T66 Cindy LaCrosse 72 77 76 +4 F +9 225
68 Bo Yeon Lee 77 78 74 +2 F +13 229
69 Morgan Pressel 77 WD WD 77
x- won playoff
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