Mi Jung Hur Wins 2014 Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic

Mi Jung Hur (clickt to enlarge)

You’re standing on the 11th tee in the final round of an LPGA tournament. You haven’t won a tournament in 5 years. You have a tenuous 1 shot lead (17-under to 16-under) over a player who has been, along with Inbee Park, at the height of dominance on the women’s tour in recent years. What do you do? Some players would…and have…choked up the lead coming home, giving in to the bigger name with the bigger resume. Here’s what Mi Jung Hur did. She nailed an uphill breaker putt of maybe 20 to 25 feet on 11 for birdie. Then Mi Jung stuck her tee shot on the par 3 13th to 1 foot for an easy birdie. On the next hole, the par 4 14th, Hur duplicated the form she showed on 13, but this time knocking her approach shot to 1 foot for another tap in birdie. She knocked in another birdie putt on the par 3 16th from about 6 feet. Her irons were just dialed in. And with those 4 birdies over a span of 6 holes, Mi Jung surged to 21-under par, winning by 4 shots over Stacy Lewis and breaking the tournament scoring record in the process.

Mi Jung Hur (click to enlarge)

That was a clutch performance by Mi Jung. As I mentioned, there have been players who have wilted in those circumstances. She went completely in the opposite direction by stepping on the gas and leaving the field behind on the back 9. Hur has been in contention at Portaland and Evian coming into Prattville. It was terrific to see all of that great play finally culminate with a title, her first since winning the 2009 Safeway Classic, especially with her father as her caddie.

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1 MI JUNG HUR (-21)

2 STACY LEWIS (-17)

3 PAULA RETO (-14)

4 KRIS TAMULIS (-13)

Pos Name 1 2 3 4 Today Thru Total Strokes
1 M.J. Hur 64 70 67 66 -6 F -21 267
2 Stacy Lewis 64 71 70 66 -6 F -17 271
3 Paula Reto 65 66 70 73 +1 F -14 274
4 Kris Tamulis 67 73 65 70 -2 F -13 275
T5 Jodi Ewart Shadoff 70 71 70 65 -7 F -12 276
T5 Moriya Jutanugarn 68 69 71 68 -4 F -12 276
T7 Cydney Clanton 66 72 72 67 -5 F -11 277
T7 Alison Walshe 69 68 71 69 -3 F -11 277
T9 Kim Kaufman 71 72 70 65 -7 F -10 278
T9 Karin Sjodin 66 74 70 68 -4 F -10 278
T11 Sarah Jane Smith 71 71 72 66 -6 F -8 280
T11 Christina Kim 67 71 75 67 -5 F -8 280
T11 Amy Anderson 68 74 71 67 -5 F -8 280
T11 Sun Young Yoo 67 72 72 69 -3 F -8 280
T11 Chella Choi 70 71 70 69 -3 F -8 280
T11 Brittany Lang 71 68 70 71 -1 F -8 280
T11 Ayako Uehara 66 73 70 71 -1 F -8 280
T11 Ilhee Lee 67 74 68 71 -1 F -8 280
T19 Angela Stanford 76 68 70 67 -5 F -7 281
T19 Brittany Lincicome 70 69 74 68 -4 F -7 281
T19 Beatriz Recari 67 73 73 68 -4 F -7 281
T19 Stephanie Meadow 68 74 71 68 -4 F -7 281
T19 Jane Rah 70 72 70 69 -3 F -7 281
T19 Stacey Keating 71 71 68 71 -1 F -7 281
T19 Sydnee Michaels 72 65 72 72 E F -7 281
T19 Perrine Delacour 68 72 69 72 E F -7 281
T27 Becky Morgan 72 69 71 70 -2 F -6 282
T27 Thidapa Suwannapura 69 70 72 71 -1 F -6 282
T27 Ai Miyazato 73 67 70 72 E F -6 282
T30 Cristie Kerr 74 72 72 65 -7 F -5 283
T30 Ji Young Oh 68 74 74 67 -5 F -5 283
T30 Alena Sharp 72 74 71 66 -6 F -5 283
T30 Mika Miyazato 68 72 72 71 -1 F -5 283
T34 Morgan Pressel 71 71 75 67 -5 F -4 284
T34 Heather Bowie Young 71 69 75 69 -3 F -4 284
T34 Amelia Lewis 68 72 74 70 -2 F -4 284
T34 Jane Park 68 70 75 71 -1 F -4 284
T34 Austin Ernst 69 71 72 72 E F -4 284
T39 Ryann O’Toole 71 75 72 67 -5 F -3 285
T39 Tiffany Joh 73 69 73 70 -2 F -3 285
T39 Haeji Kang 72 71 72 70 -2 F -3 285
T39 Sandra Changkija 72 72 71 70 -2 F -3 285
T39 Karlin Beck 69 71 74 71 -1 F -3 285
T39 Jacqui Concolino 70 71 73 71 -1 F -3 285
T39 Haru Nomura 72 70 72 71 -1 F -3 285
T46 Paola Moreno 73 71 74 68 -4 F -2 286
T46 Jenny Shin 71 74 73 68 -4 F -2 286
T46 Julia Boland 71 69 75 71 -1 F -2 286
T49 Jennifer Johnson 71 72 76 68 -4 F -1 287
T49 Brooke Pancake 74 70 73 70 -2 F -1 287
T49 Caroline Westrup 75 67 73 72 E F -1 287
T49 Joanna Klatten 69 74 72 72 E F -1 287
T49 Mina Harigae 71 70 72 74 +2 F -1 287
T54 Hanna Kang 68 75 75 70 -2 F E 288
T54 Jennifer Rosales 73 71 73 71 -1 F E 288
T54 Giulia Molinaro 70 70 72 76 +4 F E 288
T57 Jennifer Song 71 74 77 68 -4 F +2 290
T57 P.K. Kongkraphan 74 71 75 70 -2 F +2 290
T57 Marina Alex 71 72 76 71 -1 F +2 290
T57 Julieta Granada 70 76 73 71 -1 F +2 290
T57 Louise Friberg 73 69 74 74 +2 F +2 290
T57 Christel Boeljon 72 71 71 76 +4 F +2 290
T63 Kathleen Ekey 71 72 77 71 -1 F +3 291
T63 Lizette Salas 73 73 74 71 -1 F +3 291
T63 Brianna Do 69 75 75 72 E F +3 291
T63 Sue Kim 74 69 74 74 +2 F +3 291
T67 Haley Millsap 70 74 76 72 E F +4 292
T67 Katherine Kirk 70 73 75 74 +2 F +4 292
T69 Katie Burnett 68 71 84 70 -2 F +5 293
T69 Dewi Claire Schreefel 68 76 75 74 +2 F +5 293
T69 Moira Dunn 75 69 72 77 +5 F +5 293
T72 Hannah Collier 75 71 76 73 +1 F +7 295
T72 Reilley Rankin 73 73 75 74 +2 F +7 295
T72 Lisa McCloskey 71 74 73 77 +5 F +7 295
75 Yueer Cindy Feng 70 75 78 73 +1 F +8 296
76 Jenny Suh 71 74 77 81 +9 F +15 303
T77 Chie Arimura 75 72 MC MC 147
T77 Dori Carter 74 73 MC MC 147
T77 Laura Diaz 75 72 MC MC 147
T77 Jaye Marie Green 71 76 MC MC 147
T77 Nicole Jeray 71 76 MC MC 147
T77 Rebecca Lee-Bentham 72 75 MC MC 147
T77 Maria McBride 69 78 MC MC 147
T77 Erica Popson 72 75 MC MC 147
T85 Carmen Bandea 75 73 MC MC 148
T85 Jimin Kang 73 75 MC MC 148
T85 Lexi Thompson 70 78 MC MC 148
T88 Dottie Ardina 72 77 MC MC 149
T88 Ashli Bunch 71 78 MC MC 149
T88 Daniela Holmqvist 79 70 MC MC 149
T88 Felicity Johnson 71 78 MC MC 149
T88 Hannah Jun Medlock 75 74 MC MC 149
T88 Sarah Kemp 72 77 MC MC 149
T88 Cindy LaCrosse 77 72 MC MC 149
T88 Jee Young Lee 74 75 MC MC 149
T88 Megan McChrystal 74 75 MC MC 149
T88 Ashleigh Simon 72 77 MC MC 149
T98 Jamie Hullett 79 71 MC MC 150
T98 Jennifer Kirby 74 76 MC MC 150
T98 Alejandra Llaneza 71 79 MC MC 150
T98 Kristy McPherson 75 75 MC MC 150
T98 Lindsey Wright 75 75 MC MC 150
T103 Silvia Cavalleri 73 78 MC MC 151
T103 Katy Harris 72 79 MC MC 151
T103 Maria Hernandez 76 75 MC MC 151
T103 Birdie Kim 74 77 MC MC 151
T107 Anya Alvarez 77 76 MC MC 153
T107 Mindy Kim 78 75 MC MC 153
109 Lorie Kane 74 81 MC MC 155
T110 Emma Jandel 77 79 MC MC 156
T110 Natalie Sheary 75 81 MC MC 156
112 Megan Grehan 79 80 MC MC 159
113 Lee Ann Walker-Cooper 78 84 MC MC 162
114 Victoria Tanco 81 82 MC MC 163
115 Wendy Ward 80 WD WD WD 80
Dates Tournament Location Winner
Jan 23–26 Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic The Bahamas Bahamas United States Jessica Korda (2)
Feb 13–16 ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open Australia Australia Australia Karrie Webb (40)
Feb 20–23 Honda LPGA Thailand Thailand Thailand Sweden Anna Nordqvist (3)
Feb 27 – Mar 2 HSBC Women’s Champions Singapore Singapore United States Paula Creamer (10)
Mar 20–23 JTBC Founders Cup United States Arizona Australia Karrie Webb (41)
Mar 27–30 Kia Classic United States California Sweden Anna Nordqvist (4)
Apr 3–6 Kraft Nabisco Championship United States California United States Lexi Thompson (4)
Apr 16–19 LPGA Lotte Championship United States Hawaii United States Michelle Wie (3)
Apr 24–27 Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic United States California New Zealand Lydia Ko (3)
May 1–4 North Texas LPGA Shootout United States Texas United States Stacy Lewis (9)
May 15–18 Kingsmill Championship United States Virginia United States Lizette Salas (1)
May 22–25 Airbus LPGA Classic United States Alabama United States Jessica Korda (3)
May 30 – Jun 1 ShopRite LPGA Classic United States New Jersey United States Stacy Lewis (10)
Jun 5–8 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic Canada Ontario South Korea Inbee Park (10)
Jun 19–22 U.S. Women’s Open United States North Carolina United States Michelle Wie (4)
Jun 27–29 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship United States Arkansas United States Stacy Lewis (11)
Jul 10–13 Ricoh Women’s British Open England England United States Mo Martin (1)
Jul 17–20 Marathon Classic United States Ohio New Zealand Lydia Ko (4)
Jul 24–27 International Crown United States Maryland  Spain
Aug 7–10 Meijer LPGA Classic United States Michigan South Korea Mirim Lee (1)
Aug 14–17 Wegmans LPGA Championship United States New York South Korea Inbee Park (11)
Aug 21–24 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open Canada Ontario South Korea So Yeon Ryu (3)
Aug 28–31 Portland Classic United States Oregon United States Austin Ernst (1)
Sep 11–14 The Evian Championship France France South Korea Kim Hyo-joo (1)
Sep 18–21 Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic United States Alabama South Korea Mi Jung Hur (2)
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