Mika Miyazato Holds On To Win 2013 Japan Women’s Open

Mika Miyazato

It seems whether it’s in the United States or Japan, a national Women’s Open is going to test both the skills and wills of the best female golfers in the world. There will be no 20-under runaway scores. Even elite players need patience. They are forced to embrace the beauty of scoring par on a hole, maybe also the value of a well earned bogey. The 2013 Japan Women’s Open, the third Major of the JLPGA season, concluded with zero players under par overall. After the third round, it seemed that perhaps Mika Miyazato might be the lone sub-par finisher, as she sat at 3-under, following a 1-over par Saturday that saw her separate herself from her nearest competitor by 5 shots. It was a brutal moving day when most players were moving backwards. Nobody shot under par on day 3. Going into Sunday, a 5 shot lead at 3-under overall looked insurmountable on a course that wasn’t going to allow anybody to go low enough to mount a comeback. But looks can be deceiving.

Mika Miyazato

Round 4 proved a daunting test for Mika, as her mettle was measured in full. Miki Saiki surged to 1-over with a 3-under final round. She was joined by Erika Kikuchi at 1-over following a 1-under 71 round. Meanwhile, things were falling apart for Mika Miyazato. She crashed to earth on the front nine, going out with a 4-over 40 at the turn, which had her at 1-over overall. Although she bounced back with birdies on 11 and 13, she gave those right back with back to back bogeys on 14 and 15. Standing of the 18th tee, Mika had to salvage a miserable day with a closing birdie or be forced into a playoff. Staring down a 537 yard par 5, Mika need to be great when it counted. Standing over a 20 foot left to right putt, almost a dog leg shaped putt, it would take a sensational effort to end things in regulation. Mika was up to the task.

Mika Miyazato

And so Mika Miyazato writes her name into the history books as a 2-time Japan Women’s Open winner. She also won in 2010. Indeed, both of her 2 JLPGA wins so far have been at the national Major. The Okinawa-native finished at even par for the tournament, the only player not over par. She takes home 28,000,000 Japanese Yen for her victory, or around 287,000 US Dollars.

BIRDIES

Fourth place finisher Rikako Morita continues to lead the JLPGA money list at ¥98,763,571, as well as Player of the Year points.

Yumi Matsuraba was low amateur, finishing tied for 17th.

Shiho Toyonaga was awarded a prize for her 3rd round hole in one of the par 3 14th.

BOGEYS

Ai MIyazato struggled mightily with a T45 finish at 17-over. Ai is one of the world’s greatest golfers. It just wasn’t her week. Sometimes that happens, even to the greats.

Ditto for the great Mi-Jeong Jeon at 11-over and T32.

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MIKA MIYAZATO

MIKI SAIKI

RIKAKO MORITA

SAKURA YOKOMINE

SHIHO OYAMA

SHIHO TOYONAGA

SUN JU AHN

TERESA LU

YUMI MATSUBARA

AI MIYAZATO

BO MEE LEE

ERIKA KIKUCHI

JIYAI SHIN

Position Player ToPar Thru Today 1R 2R 3R 4R
1 Mika Miyazato E F +3 70 70 73 75
2T Miki Saiki +1 F -3 70 76 74 69
Erika Kikuchi +1 F -1 73 73 72 71
4T Rikako Morita +2 F -4 74 72 76 68
Harukyo Nomura +2 F -3 73 72 76 69
Teresa Lu +2 F -3 70 77 74 69
jiyai Shin +2 F -1 76 69 74 71
8T Sun-Ju Ahn +3 F -3 75 71 76 69
Sakura Yokomine +3 F -2 73 72 76 70
Bo-Mee Lee +3 F E 74 72 73 72
11 Shiho Oyama +4 F E 74 69 77 72
12 Natsuka Hori +5 F -3 73 75 76 69
13T In-Kyung Kim +6 F -2 76 73 75 70
Esther Lee +6 F -1 74 76 73 71
Na-Ri Lee +6 F E 73 76 73 72
Soo-Yun Kang +6 F +3 74 71 74 75
Asako Fujimoto +6 F +3 73 73 73 75
18T Yuri Fudoh +7 F -3 71 74 81 69
Miki Sakai +7 F -1 74 72 78 71
Yumi Matsubara +7 F E 74 71 78 72
Ji-Hee Lee +7 F E 74 73 76 72
Mihoko Iseri +7 F +1 70 75 77 73
23 Ayako Uehara +8 F -4 73 75 80 68
24T Bo-Bae Song +9 F -1 75 72 79 71
Haruka Morita +9 F -1 73 74 79 71
Ritsuko Ryu +9 F +1 75 74 75 73
27T Maiko Wakabayashi +10 F -2 74 75 79 70
Mio Kono +10 F -2 74 75 79 70
Yuki Ichinose +10 F +1 74 72 79 73
Junko Omote +10 F +1 76 73 76 73
Kaori Nakamura +10 F +2 73 77 74 74
32T Mi-Jeong Jeon +11 F -2 74 75 80 70
Na-Ri Kim +11 F -2 73 79 77 70
O.Sattaya +11 F E 75 78 74 72
Kotone Hori +11 F +3 74 76 74 75
Mamiko Higa +11 F +4 75 72 76 76
Mayu Hattori +11 F +4 72 77 74 76
38 Hyun-Ju Shin +12 F +2 72 77 77 74
39 Tomoko Kusakabe +13 F +1 72 76 80 73
40T Saiki Fujita +14 F -1 74 79 78 71
Akane Iijima +14 F +3 73 76 78 75
42T Shiho Toyonaga +15 F +1 79 74 77 73
Yukari Baba +15 F +4 75 72 80 76
Yumiko Yoshida +15 F +6 75 76 74 78
45T Misuzu Narita +16 F -1 73 80 80 71
Ai Miyazato +16 F +2 76 74 80 74
Kaori Ohe +16 F +3 71 79 79 75
Nana Yamashiro +16 F +4 76 76 76 76
Rumi Yoshiba +16 F +5 75 74 78 77
Mina Nakayama +16 F +5 77 76 74 77
51T Kumiko Kaneda +17 F -1 77 75 82 71
Hiromu Ono +17 F +2 74 79 78 74
53T So-Hee Kim +18 F E 77 74 83 72
Hiroko Azuma +18 F +1 74 77 82 73
Yui Mukaiyama +18 F +6 72 75 81 78
56 Yumiko Baba +19 F +2 77 75 81 74
57T Da-Ye Na +20 F +3 75 76 82 75
Jessica Speechley +20 F +7 76 74 79 79
59T Hibiki Kitamura +21 F +4 76 77 80 76
Akiho Sato +21 F +5 74 76 82 77
61T Mayumi Nakajima +23 F +2 73 80 84 74
Miki Uehara +23 F +3 76 76 84 75
63 P.Chutichai +25 F +6 75 78 82 78
64 Arisa Hori +30 F +13 77 76 80 85

JLPGA TOURNAMENT WINNERS (Number in parentheses are career JLPGA win total)

Dates Tournament Location Prize fund (¥) Winner
Mar 8–10 Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament Japan Okinawa 80,000,000 Japan Rikako Morita (3)
Mar 15–17 Yokohama Tire Golf Tournament PRGR Ladies Cup Japan Kochi 80,000,000 South Korea Jeon Mi-jeong (22)
Mar 22–24 T-Point Ladies Golf Tournament Japan Kagoshima 70,000,000 Japan Yuki Ichinose (1)
Mar 29–31 AXA Ladies Golf Tournament in Miyazaki Japan Miyazaki 80,000,000 Japan Natsuka Hori (1)
Apr 4–7 Yamaha Ladies Open Katsuragi Japan Shizuoka 100,000,000 Japan Mamiko Higa (1)
Apr 12–14 Studio Alice Women’s Open Japan Hyogo 60,000,000 South Korea Kim Na-ri (2)
Apr 19–21 KKT Cup Vantelin Ladies Open Japan Kumamoto 70,000,000 Japan Miki Saiki (6)
Apr 26–28 Fuji Sankei Ladies Classic Japan Shizuoka 80,000,000 Japan Miki Saiki (7)
May 3–5 CyberAgent Ladies Golf Tournament Japan Chiba 70,000,000 Japan Sakura Yokomine (19)
May 9–12 World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup Japan Ibaraki 120,000,000 Japan Hiromi Mogi (6)
May 17–19 Hokken No Madoguchi Ladies Japan Fukuoka 120,000,000 Thailand Onnarin Sattayabanphot (1)
May 24–26 Chukyo TV Bridgestone Ladies Open Japan Aichi 70,000,000 Japan Rikako Morita (4)
May 31 – Jun 2 Resort Trust Ladies Japan Hyogo 70,000,000 Japan Mamiko Higa (2)
Jun 7–9 Yonex Ladies Golf Tournament Japan Niigata 60,000,000 Japan Junko Omote (3)
Jun 13–16 Suntory Ladies Open Japan Hyogo 100,000,000 Japan Rikako Morita (5)
Jun 21–23 Nichirei Ladies Japan Chiba 80,000,000 Japan Yumiko Yoshida (2)
Jun 27–30 Earth Mondahmin Cup Japan Chiba 140,000,000 Japan Natsuka Hori (2)
Jul 5-7 Nichi-Iko Women’s Open Golf Tournament Japan Toyama 60,000,000 South Korea Kim Young (1)
Jul 19–21 Samantha Thavasa Girls Collection Ladies Tournament Japan Ibaraki 60,000,000 Japan Yumiko Yoshida (3)
Aug 9–11 Meiji Cup Japan Hokkaido 90,000,000 South Korea Na Da-ye (1)
Aug 16–18 NEC Karuizawa 72 Golf Tournament Japan Nagano 70,000,000 Japan Misuzu Narita (2)
Aug 23–25 CAT Ladies Japan Kanagawa 60,000,000 South Korea Ahn Sun-ju (12)
Aug 30 – Sep 1 Nitori Ladies Golf Tournament Japan Hokkaido 100,000,000 South Korea Ahn Sun-ju (13)
Sep 6–8 Golf 5 Ladies Professional Golf Tournament Japan Hokkaido 60,000,000 Japan Yumiko Yoshida (4)
Sep 12–15 Japan LPGA Championship Konica Minolta Cup Japan Hokkaido 140,000,000 South Korea Lee Bo-mee (4)
Sep 20–22 Munsingwear Ladies Tokai Classic Japan Aichi 80,000,000 Japan Sakura Yokomine (20)
Sep 27–29 Miyagi TV Cup Dunlop Women’s Open Golf Tournament Japan Miyagi 70,000,000 South Korea Lee Na-ri (1)
Oct 3–6 Japan Women’s Open Golf Championship Japan Kanagawa 140,000,000 Japan Mika Miyazato (2)

JLPGA TOP 5

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Ranking Name Total
points
Grade
point
Round
number
Winning
back a few
Earnings
1 Rikako Morita 411.0pt 328.0pt 83.0pt 3 ¥98,763,571
2 Sakura Yokomine 383.5pt 304.5pt 79.0pt 2 ¥74,628,570
3 Miki Saiki 347.5pt 281.5pt 66.0pt 2 ¥78,932,428
4 Yumiko Yoshida 340.5pt 260.5pt 80.0pt 3 ¥69,354,903
5 Bo Mee Lee 323.0pt 258.0pt 65.0pt 1 ¥54,096,599

MONEY LIST

Ranking Name Amount (In Yen) Average Matches Number of rounds
1 Rikako Morita ¥98,763,571 70.9759 27 83R
2 Miki Saiki ¥78,932,428 70.9859 23 66R
3 Sakura Yokomine ¥74,628,570 70.6088 25 79R
4 Yumiko Yoshida ¥69,354,903 71.4019 27 80R
5 Natsuka Hori ¥64,266,666 71.9387 28 82R

SCORING

Ranking Name Average Matches Number of rounds
1 Sun Ju Ahn 70.3582 20 62R
2 Sakura Yokomine 70.6088 25 79R
3 Bo Mee Lee 70.7385 21 65R
4 Rikako Morita 70.9759 27 83R
5 Miki Saiki 70.9859 23 66R
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