Ha-Neul Kim Wins 2016 AXA Ladies Golf Tournament (JLPGA)

Ha-Neul Kim (click to enlarge)

For the third straight tournament, South Korea’s Ha-Neul Kim was either alone or had a share of first place after rounds 1 and 2. Unfortunately for her, she was unable to finish the job at Yokohama or T-Point. But at the 2016 AXA Ladies Golf Tournament, she left the field in her wake with a 9-under 5 shot victory. Kim’s 5 birdie, 2 bogey 3-under 69 final round was enough to leave international star Jiyai Shin settling for second. It’s her second JLPGA tournament title, following the 2015 Munsingwear Ladies Tokai Classic. It might be a bit premature to say this, but maybe Ha-Neul is the one to challenge Bo-Mee Lee for JLPGA Player of the Year honors in 2016. Through 4 events, she has finished no worse than T7, with 3 top 5s and a win. An argument could be made that two shaky finishing rounds are all that stand between her having 3 wins in 4 events. With her style and charisma, the 27-year old Kim, an 8-time winner and 2-time Money List leader on the LPGA of Korea (KLPGA), could be an enormous star on the JLPGA if she keeps playing like this. Besides Shin being 5 shots back in second, nobody else was closer than 7 shots off the winning score. That’s a very impressive win for Ha-Neul Kim.

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1 HA-NEUL KIM (-9)

with Yumiko Yoshida

with low amateur Minami Katsu

 

2 JIYAI SHIN (-4)

 

T3 MAMI FUKUDA (-2)

 

T3 ERIKA KIKUCHI (-2)

 

T3 RITSUKO RYU (-2)

 

T3 YUMIKO YOSHIDA (-2)

 

T3 AOI NAGATA (-2)

 

T3 KOTONE HORI (-2)

 

T3 SUN-JU AHN (-2)

 

LEADERBOARD

RANK PLAYER SCORE 1R 2R 3R TOTAL PRIZE
優勝 Ha-Neul Kim -9 67 71 69 207 ¥14,400,000
2 Jiyai Shin -4 67 72 73 212 ¥7,040,000
3T Aoi Nagata -2 69 75 70 214 ¥3,300,000
3T Teresa Lu -2 70 74 70 214 ¥3,300,000
3T Mami Fukuda -2 72 71 71 214 ¥3,300,000
3T Sun-Ju Ahn -2 72 71 71 214 ¥3,300,000
3T Ritsuko Ryu -2 72 70 72 214 ¥3,300,000
3T Kotone Hori -2 71 70 73 214 ¥3,300,000
3T Erika Kikuchi -2 73 68 73 214 ¥3,300,000
3T Yumiko Yoshida -2 69 70 75 214 ¥3,300,000
11T Momoko Ueda -1 73 72 70 215 ¥1,376,000
11T @Minami Katsu -1 70 74 71 215 ¥0
11T Esther Lee -1 72 71 72 215 ¥1,376,000
11T Mayu Hosaka -1 69 73 73 215 ¥1,376,000
11T Mi-Jeong Jeon -1 72 68 75 215 ¥1,376,000
16T Yukari Nishiyama 0 75 71 70 216 ¥1,056,000
16T Saiki Fujita 0 71 74 71 216 ¥1,056,000
16T Lala Anai 0 72 72 72 216 ¥1,056,000
16T Megumi Shimokawa 0 72 72 72 216 ¥1,056,000
20T Ayaka Matsumori +1 75 72 70 217 ¥726,400
20T Ai Suzuki +1 74 73 70 217 ¥726,400
20T Shiho Oyama +1 72 74 71 217 ¥726,400
20T Airi Saitoh +1 72 73 72 217 ¥726,400
20T Nachiyo Ohtani +1 75 70 72 217 ¥726,400
20T Ayaka Watanabe +1 68 76 73 217 ¥726,400
20T Saki Nagamine +1 72 72 73 217 ¥726,400
20T Yoko Maeda +1 74 70 73 217 ¥726,400
20T Haruka Morita +1 72 71 74 217 ¥726,400
20T Hiroko Fukushima +1 72 71 74 217 ¥726,400
30T Hikari Fujita +2 76 70 72 218 ¥584,000
30T Megumi Kido +2 74 72 72 218 ¥584,000
30T O Sattaya +2 75 70 73 218 ¥584,000
30T Misuzu Narita +2 69 75 74 218 ¥584,000
30T Asuka Kashiwabara +2 73 71 74 218 ¥584,000
30T Eri Okayama +2 74 70 74 218 ¥584,000
30T Hiromi Mogi +2 69 74 75 218 ¥584,000
37T Da-Ye Na +3 76 71 72 219 ¥504,000
37T Yuki Ichinose +3 72 74 73 219 ¥504,000
37T Erina Hara +3 76 70 73 219 ¥504,000
40T Babe Liu +4 74 72 74 220 ¥448,000
40T Miyu Shinkai +4 71 74 75 220 ¥448,000
40T Akane Yoshino +4 72 72 76 220 ¥448,000
40T Yukari Baba +4 71 72 77 220 ¥448,000
44T Ah-Reum Hwang +5 70 77 74 221 ¥369,333
44T Kyoko Furuya +5 71 76 74 221 ¥369,333
44T Ayame Morii +5 71 76 74 221 ¥369,333
44T Mio Kono +5 73 74 74 221 ¥369,333
44T Saki Takeo +5 70 73 78 221 ¥369,333
44T Soo-Yun Kang +5 70 72 79 221 ¥369,333
50T Miyari Honda +6 76 71 75 222 ¥320,000
50T Kana Nagai +6 76 71 75 222 ¥320,000
50T Pei-Ying Tsai +6 70 76 76 222 ¥320,000
53 Saki Inoue +7 73 72 78 223 ¥304,000
54 Akane Iijima +8 74 73 77 224 ¥296,000

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