Ai Suzuki Wins 2014 LPGA Championship Konica Minolta Cup (JLPGA Major)

Ai Suzuki

If you’re going to win your first LPGA of Japan tour (JLPGA) tournament, why not make it a Major? Ai Suzuki withstood the charge from a quartet of players, including former world #1 Jiyai Shin, to win the 2014 LPGA Championship Konica Minolta Cup, the second Major of the JLPGA season. The win was Suzuki’s first tour victory. She had started the tournament in strong fashion, 70-67, to sit at 7-under midway through. The 20-year old found herself atop the leaderboard with a 4 shot cushion. But a third round 3-over 75 nearly sabotaged her chances. She still held a 1 shot lead going into round 4 but this is where a young player faces an immense test. A Major. A big lead whittled away. Veteran winners at her heels. No worries, Ai-chan showed steely resolve in surviving a roller-coaster 5 birdie, 4 bogey round to stave off the players sprinting to catch her. Suzuki nailed show big shots, including an exquisite birdie putt on #2. Meanwhile, Momoko Ueda and Kaori Ohe, both within a shot of the lead after 3 rounds, went backwards with 2-over final rounds. With the victory, Suzuki becomes the youngest winner of the JLPGA Championship at 20 years, 128 days. That breaks the previous record held by the great Ai Miyazato at 21 years, 83 days. I’m not suggesting Ai Suzuki will go on to have a career comparable to Ai Miyazato, but who knows? Ai Suzuki was a multiple winner on the Step Up tour and now has won on the big tour. She showed grit and guts holding off the big names in pursuit. Maybe one day Suzuki will see Ai to Ai with Miyazato. LOL…I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist!πŸ™‚

 

1 AI SUZUKI (-5)

 

T2 JIYAI SHIN (-4)

 

T2 LALA ANAI (-4)

 

T2 MISUZU NARITA (-4)

 

T2 NA-RI LEE (-4)

 

Position Player ToPar Thru Today 1R 2R 3R 4R
1 Ai Suzuki -5 F -1 70 67 75 71
2T Na-Ri Lee -4 F -4 72 70 74 68
Lala Anai -4 F -3 70 71 74 69
Misuzu Narita -4 F -2 72 70 72 70
Ji-Yai Shin -4 F -2 71 71 72 70
6 Esther Lee -2 F -4 75 69 74 68
7T Ah-Reum Hwang -1 F +1 70 73 71 73
Momoko Ueda -1 F +2 73 71 69 74
Kaori Ohe -1 F +2 70 74 69 74
10T Erika Kikuchi +1 F -1 72 74 72 71
Ritsuko Ryu +1 F -1 70 77 71 71
Eun-Bi Jang +1 F +1 74 74 68 73
13 Erina Hara +2 F +1 76 71 70 73
14 Yoko Maeda +3 F -2 71 73 77 70
15T Kotono Kozuma +4 F -1 72 75 74 71
Kaori Nakamura +4 F E 73 73 74 72
Saiki Fujita +4 F +1 75 72 72 73
Ayaka Watanabe +4 F +2 70 76 72 74
Ji-Hee Lee +4 F +4 71 74 71 76
Shiho Oyama +4 F +4 74 72 70 76
21T Nachiyo Ohtani +5 F E 76 71 74 72
Yumiko Yoshida +5 F +1 72 74 74 73
Junko Omote +5 F +3 72 74 72 75
Natsu Nagai +5 F +4 70 74 73 76
25T Keiko Sasaki +6 F E 73 73 76 72
Mayu Hattori +6 F E 76 73 73 72
Yuko Saitoh +6 F E 73 77 72 72
Mihoko Iseri +6 F E 71 79 72 72
Yeon-Ju Jung +6 F +1 75 74 72 73
30T Miki Saiki +7 F -1 75 74 75 71
Kaori Yamamoto +7 F E 75 74 74 72
Mami Fukuda +7 F +2 75 74 72 74
Young Kim +7 F +3 72 72 76 75
Yeo-Jin Kang +7 F +3 71 75 74 75
Phoebe Yao +7 F +4 74 70 75 76
Hikari Fujita +7 F +4 73 71 75 76
Shinobu Moromizato +7 F +4 74 71 74 76
Ji-Min Lee +7 F +4 74 73 72 76
39T Shiho Toyonaga +8 F E 72 77 75 72
Tomoko Kusakabe +8 F E 77 73 74 72
Akane Iijima +8 F +1 74 76 73 73
Yayoi Arasaki +8 F +2 74 75 73 74
Rikako Morita +8 F +4 72 75 73 76
Asako Fujimoto +8 F +4 75 74 71 76
45T O Sattaya +9 F E 75 75 75 72
Megumi Kido +9 F +3 78 70 74 75
Miki Sakai +9 F +4 72 74 75 76
48T Mi-Jeong Jeon +10 F +1 72 78 75 73
Yun-Jye Wei +10 F +3 76 74 73 75
Megumi Shimokawa +10 F +5 71 73 77 77
Yukari Nishiyama +10 F +8 75 72 71 80
Rui Kitada +10 F +8 74 75 69 80
53T Riho Fujisaki +11 F +3 73 73 78 75
Nana Yamashiro +11 F +6 76 74 71 78
55T Mina Nakayama +12 F +2 73 77 76 74
Kumiko Kaneda +12 F +3 77 73 75 75
Da-Ye Na +12 F +6 71 75 76 78
Soo-Yun Kang +12 F +9 69 76 74 81
59T Asami Kikuchi +13 F +6 77 71 75 78
Yukiko Nishiki +13 F +8 72 76 73 80
61T Na-Ri Kim +14 F +3 79 69 79 75
Jessica Speechley +14 F +3 77 73 77 75
Hiromi Mogi +14 F +3 77 73 77 75
Akiko Fukushima +14 F +4 73 75 78 76
65T Mamiko Higa +15 F +4 73 73 81 76
Yoko Ishikawa +15 F +9 72 73 77 81
67T Bo-Bae Song +16 F +5 72 77 78 77
Tomoko Kanai +16 F +7 72 76 77 79
69 Yui Mukaiyama +18 F +5 73 75 81 77
70 Yuko Fukuda +21 F +10 75 74 78 82
71 Eriko Kobashi +24 F +10 76 74 80 82

 

Dates Tournament Location Prize fund (Β₯) Winner
Mar 7–9 Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament Okinawa 100,000,000 Thailand Onnarin Sattayabanphot (2)
Mar 14–16 Yokohama Tire Golf Tournament PRGR Ladies Cup Kochi 80,000,000 Japan Yuki Ichinose (2)
Mar 21–23 T-Point Ladies Golf Tournament Saga 70,000,000 Japan Rikako Morita (7)
Mar 28–30 AXA Ladies Golf Tournament in Miyazaki Miyazaki 80,000,000 Japan Ayaka Watanabe (1)
Apr 3–6 Yamaha Ladies Open Katsuragi Shizuoka 100,000,000 South Korea Ahn Sun-ju (14)
Apr 11–13 Studio Alice Women’s Open Hyogo 60,000,000 South Korea Lee Jeong-eun (Esther) (1)
Apr 18–20 KKT Cup Vantelin Ladies Open Kumamoto 100,000,000 Japan Minami Katsu (a) (1)
Apr 25–27 Fuji Sankei Ladies Classic Shizuoka 80,000,000 Taiwan Phoebe Yao (1)
May 2–4 CyberAgent Ladies Golf Tournament Chiba 70,000,000 Japan Yuki Ichinose (3)
May 8–11 World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup Ibaraki 120,000,000 Japan Misuzu Narita (3)
May 16–18 Hoken No Madoguchi Ladies Fukuoka 120,000,000 South Korea Lee Bo-mee (6)
May 23–25 Chukyo TV Bridgestone Ladies Open Aichi 70,000,000 South Korea Ahn Sun-ju (15)
May 30 – Jun 1 Resort Trust Ladies Hyogo 70,000,000 Taiwan Teresa Lu (2)
Jun 6–8 Yonex Ladies Golf Tournament Niigata 60,000,000 Japan Misuzu Narita (4)
Jun 12–15 Suntory Ladies Open Hyogo 100,000,000 South Korea Ahn Sun-ju (16)
Jun 20–22 Nichirei Ladies Chiba 80,000,000 South Korea Jiyai Shin (6)
Jun 26–29 Earth Mondahmin Cup Chiba 140,000,000 Japan Miki Sakai (1)
Jul 4–6 Nichi-Iko Women’s Open Golf Tournament Toyama 60,000,000 South Korea Jung Yeon-ju (1)
Jul 18–20 Samantha Thavasa Girls Collection Ladies Tournament Ibaraki 60,000,000 Japan Misuzu Narita (5)
Jul 25–27 Century 21 Ladies Golf Tournament Shizuoka 60,000,000 South Korea Lee Bo-mee (7)
Aug 8–10 Meiji Cup Hokkaido 90,000,000 South Korea Jiyai Shin (7)
Aug 15–17 NEC Karuizawa 72 Golf Tournament Nagano 70,000,000 South Korea Lee Bo-mee (8)
Aug 22–24 CAT Ladies Kanagawa 60,000,000 Japan Momoko Ueda (10)
Aug 29–31 Nitori Ladies Golf Tournament Hokkaido 70,000,000 South Korea Jiyai Shin (8)
Sep 5–7 Golf 5 Ladies Professional Golf Tournament Gifu 60,000,000 Japan Shiho Oyama (14)
Sep 11–14 Japan LPGA Championship Konica Minolta Cup Hyogo 140,000,000 Japan Ai Suzuki (1)

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