Ji-Hee Lee Wins 2015 Yokohama Tire PRGR Ladies Cup

Ji-Hee Lee (click to enlarge)

It took nearly 3 years and some jaw-dropping putting, but Ji-Hee Lee is once again in a JLPGA winner’s circle, taking the 2015 Yokohama Tire PRGR Ladies Cup. A few years ago…I don’t remember exactly how long I’ve been following the JLPGA…Ji-Hee Lee was one of the top players, finding her way to victory 17 times. From 2008 to 2012, she was out of the top 10 on the year-end money list only once, in 2010, and that was still a very impressive 14th. In two of those years, 2008 and 2011, she was 2nd on the year-end money list. But over the past two seasons, Ji-Hee has fallen out of the top 20. Maybe this win will be the catalyst that ignites another great year for Lee. Only two events in, she has nearly 35% of what she earned last year. Getting there wasn’t easy as she had to drop a Paula Creamer-esque HSBC bomb of a putt on the final hole of regulation play to force a playoff with Ai Suzuki. Lee finished the 2nd round at 8-under, 2 shots clear of Erina Hara, Soo Yun Kang and 1st round leader Mi-Jeong Jeon. Unfortunately, Hara and Kang took themselves out of contention, shooting 78 and 76 respectively. MJJ shot had a decent 1-under 71, especially considering the rainy conditions, but that was not enough to make up ground on Lee, who also shot 1-under 71. Instead it was a 4-under 68 from Suzuki that put the pressure on, forcing a miracle 18th hole putt from the overnight leader to reach 9-under overall. Although I am happy for Ji-Hee Lee, I do feel a bit for Ai Suzuki. Not only did Lee drain a bomb to force a playoff, she again went long with a 24 foot birdie putt to win the title. I mentioned Paula Creamer at HSBC 2014. Ai Suzuki had to feel a bit like Azahara Munoz watching victory taken from her in such dramatic, low percentage fashion. But that’s golf. That’s sports. In the end, Ji-Hee Lee made the shots she needed, when she needed, for her 18th JLPGA victory.

1 JI-HEE LEE (-9)

2 AI SUZUKI (-9)

T3 ERIKA KIKUCHI (-8)

T3 RUI KITADA (-8)

T5 MI-JEONG JEON (-7)

T5 YURI FUDOH (-7)

RANK PLAYER SCORE 1R 2R 3R 4R PRIZE TOTAL
優勝 Ji-Hee Lee -9 67 69 71 ¥14,400,000 207
2 Ai Suzuki -9 70 69 68 ¥7,040,000 207
3T Erika Kikuchi -8 67 74 67 ¥5,200,000 208
3T Rui Kitada -8 71 68 69 ¥5,200,000 208
5T Yuri Fudoh -7 71 69 69 ¥3,600,000 209
5T Mi-Jeong Jeon -7 64 74 71 ¥3,600,000 209
7 Teresa Lu -6 73 70 67 ¥2,800,000 210
8T Momoko Ueda -5 67 74 70 ¥1,866,000 211
8T Ritsuko Ryu -5 70 71 70 ¥1,866,000 211
8T Saiki Fujita -5 68 72 71 ¥1,866,000 211
8T Junko Omote -5 70 69 72 ¥1,866,000 211
12T Asako Fujimoto -4 71 71 70 ¥1,264,000 212
12T Shiho Oyama -4 70 70 72 ¥1,264,000 212
12T Ha-Neul Kim -4 69 70 73 ¥1,264,000 212
12T Hee-Kyung Bae -4 70 69 73 ¥1,264,000 212
16T Shan-Shan Feng -3 70 72 71 ¥1,024,000 213
16T Akane Iijima -3 71 69 73 ¥1,024,000 213
18T Bo-Mee Lee -2 73 71 70 ¥782,400 214
18T Megumi Kido -2 68 75 71 ¥782,400 214
18T Hiroko Fukushima -2 71 71 72 ¥782,400 214
18T Hikari Fujita -2 72 74 68 ¥782,400 214
18T Soo-Yun Kang -2 69 69 76 ¥782,400 214
23T Ayaka Matsumori -1 71 72 72 ¥688,000 215
23T Natsuka Hori -1 71 72 72 ¥688,000 215
25T Da-Ye Na 0 73 71 72 ¥616,000 216
25T Yeon-Ju Jung 0 68 75 73 ¥616,000 216
25T Yuki Ichinose 0 73 71 72 ¥616,000 216
25T Asuka Kashiwabara 0 69 73 74 ¥616,000 216
25T Misuzu Narita 0 70 72 74 ¥616,000 216
25T O Sattaya 0 70 75 71 ¥616,000 216
25T Erina Hara 0 73 65 78 ¥616,000 216
32T Yuko Fukuda +1 70 73 74 ¥496,000 217
32T Saki Takeo +1 71 73 73 ¥496,000 217
32T Tomoko Kanai +1 71 72 74 ¥496,000 217
32T Rikako Morita +1 73 72 72 ¥496,000 217
32T Ji-Min Lee +1 71 71 75 ¥496,000 217
32T Mamiko Higa +1 71 74 72 ¥496,000 217
32T Kaori Ohe +1 73 73 71 ¥496,000 217
32T Miki Sakai +1 74 73 70 ¥496,000 217
40T Shiho Toyonaga +2 69 74 75 ¥393,600 218
40T Hiromi Mogi +2 69 74 75 ¥393,600 218
40T Jae-Eun Chung +2 71 72 75 ¥393,600 218
40T Nachiyo Ohtani +2 71 70 77 ¥393,600 218
40T Ah-Reum Hwang +2 77 70 71 ¥393,600 218
45T Maiko Wakabayashi +3 69 75 75 ¥352,000 219
45T Aiko Ueno +3 71 76 72 ¥352,000 219
45T Yuko Mitsuka +3 69 78 72 ¥352,000 219
48T Mami Fukuda +4 72 72 76 ¥328,000 220
48T Megumi Shimokawa +4 75 71 74 ¥328,000 220
48T Young Kim +4 72 75 73 ¥328,000 220
51T Jia-Yun Li +5 73 73 75 ¥308,000 221
51T Yumiko Yoshida +5 75 72 74 ¥308,000 221
53 Yukari Baba +6 72 75 75 ¥296,000 222
54T Haruka Kudo +7 75 69 79 ¥284,000 223
54T Phoebe Yao +7 70 77 76 ¥284,000 223
56T @Momoko Oosato +8 73 71 80 ¥0 224
56T Erimo Ikeuchi +8 73 74 77 ¥272,000 224
56T @Minami Katsu +8 74 73 77 ¥0 224
59 Kurumi Dohi +9 75 72 78 ¥264,000 225
以上、予選通過
Kaori Yamamoto +4 75 73 ¥0 148
Mayu Hattori +4 74 74 ¥0 148
Yoko Maeda +4 74 74 ¥0 148
Hikari Kawamitsu +4 73 75 ¥0 148
Kumiko Kaneda +4 71 77 ¥0 148
Eri Joma +4 71 77 ¥0 148
Ji-Woo Lee +4 71 77 ¥0 148
Na-Ri Lee +4 77 71 ¥0 148
@Yui Kawamoto +4 73 75 ¥0 148
Saya Manabe +5 75 74 ¥0 149
Shinobu Moromizato +5 75 74 ¥0 149
Miki Saiki +5 75 74 ¥0 149
Lala Anai +5 74 75 ¥0 149
Yukari Nishiyama +5 74 75 ¥0 149
Sakurako Mori +5 75 74 ¥0 149
Mihoko Iseri +5 72 77 ¥0 149
Yoko Ishikawa +5 75 74 ¥0 149
Ayaka Watanabe +5 73 76 ¥0 149
Na-Ri Kim +5 74 75 ¥0 149
Esther Lee +5 70 79 ¥0 149
Kotone Hori +5 74 75 ¥0 149
Kana Taneda +5 74 75 ¥0 149
Mika Nakazono +6 77 73 ¥0 150
Miyako Tanaka +6 75 75 ¥0 150
Asami Kikuchi +6 75 75 ¥0 150
Serena Aoki +6 74 76 ¥0 150
Yun-Jye Wei +6 74 76 ¥0 150
Saki Nagamine +6 76 74 ¥0 150
Eun-Bi Jang +6 76 74 ¥0 150
Nobuko Kizawa +7 75 76 ¥0 151
Airi Saitoh +7 76 75 ¥0 151
Hiroko Azuma +7 77 74 ¥0 151
Misaki Hama +7 75 76 ¥0 151
Ji-Yai Shin +7 75 76 ¥0 151
Rie Tsuji +7 76 75 ¥0 151
Yayoi Arasaki +8 78 74 ¥0 152
Xin Wang +8 74 78 ¥0 152
Mihoko Takahashi +9 75 78 ¥0 153
Aya Ezawa +9 78 75 ¥0 153
@Megumi Takahashi +12 84 72 ¥0 156
Aoi Ohnishi +12 81 75 ¥0 156
Megumi Ochiai +13 76 81 ¥0 157
Motomi Aoki +14 77 81 ¥0 158
Saki Okamura +15 78 81 ¥0 159
Rumi Yoshiba +16 78 82 ¥0 160
Noriko Yamashita +17 77 84 ¥0 161
Kurumi Ohtsu +23 89 78 ¥0 167
Sun-Ju Ahn +2 74 ¥0 74
Erina Yamato +3 75 ¥0 75
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