Ji-Hee Lee Wins 2016 Yamaha Ladies Open (JLPGA)

Ji-Hee Lee (click to enlarge)

Even local wildlife running around on the course behind her was not enough to distract Ji-Hee Lee from winning the 2016 Yamaha Ladies Open. The South Korean star fired a sensational 7-birdie, 1-bogey 6-under 66 final round to finish at 9-under for the tournament, 3 shots clear of Jiyai Shin. I have to feel a little for the Final Round Queen Jiyai. That’s one tie for third to go along with back to back second place finishes in four events this year. She is due. But today belonged to her fellow Seoul Sister Lee, a JLPGA veteran who notches her 20th career victory on the Japanese tour.

Ji-Hee Lee hit all the right notes in the final round (click to enlarge)

By the way, speaking of the Seoul Sisters, that’s now 3 South Korean winners in 5 events so far on the JLPGA this year. The other 2 winners are Teresa Lu (Taiwan) and Kaori Ohe (Japan). The Sisters also captured winner, second and tied for third honors this week at Yamaha. Of course, it’s very early in the season, but 4 of the top 8 on the JLPGA Mercedes Rankings are Seoul Sisters; Ha-Neul Kim, Jiyai Shin, reigning Player of the Year Bo-Mee Lee (who played the ANA Inspiration this week) and Ji-Hee Lee. Kim, Shin and Lee are all in the top 5, with Ha-Neul sitting on top. Ha-Neul tied for 13th this week, her first event out of the top 7.

Wildlife on the Course!

 

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1 JI-HEE LEE (-9)

with Chae-Young Yoon

with Chae-Young Yoon

with Jiyai Shin

with low amateur Minami Katsu

“I’m the Queen of the World!”

 

T2 JIYAI SHIN (-6)

with Chae-Young Yoon

 

T3 CHAE-YOUNG YOON (-5)

 

T3 AYAKA WATANABE (-5)

 

T5 ASUKA KASHIWABARA (-1)

 

T5 MEGUMI KIDO (-1)

 

T5 SAKI NAGAMINE (-1)

 

LEADERBOARD

RANK PLAYER SCORE 1R 2R 3R 4R TOTAL PRIZE
優勝 Ji-Hee Lee -9 73 67 73 66 279 ¥18,000,000
2 Jiyai Shin -6 70 73 70 69 282 ¥8,800,000
3T Ayaka Watanabe -5 70 73 72 68 283 ¥6,500,000
3T Chae-Young Yoon -5 71 70 70 72 283 ¥6,500,000
5T Asuka Kashiwabara -1 77 70 71 69 287 ¥4,166,666
5T Megumi Kido -1 73 70 73 71 287 ¥4,166,666
5T Saki Nagamine -1 71 72 73 71 287 ¥4,166,666
8 Mami Fukuda 0 71 73 72 72 288 ¥3,000,000
9T Teresa Lu +1 70 70 75 74 289 ¥1,975,000
9T Ritsuko Ryu +1 69 73 73 74 289 ¥1,975,000
9T Ai Suzuki +1 71 73 71 74 289 ¥1,975,000
9T Yuki Ichinose +1 73 73 69 74 289 ¥1,975,000
13T Hee-Kyung Bae +2 72 74 79 65 290 ¥1,400,000
13T Ayaka Matsumori +2 73 73 74 70 290 ¥1,400,000
13T Soo-Yun Kang +2 75 72 72 71 290 ¥1,400,000
13T Ha-Neul Kim +2 72 75 71 72 290 ¥1,400,000
17T Miyu Shinkai +3 72 76 72 71 291 ¥1,100,000
17T Shiho Toyonaga +3 72 74 72 73 291 ¥1,100,000
19T Shoko Sasaki +4 72 75 76 69 292 ¥821,428
19T Babe Liu +4 77 72 73 70 292 ¥821,428
19T Hikari Kawamitsu +4 72 78 72 70 292 ¥821,428
19T Na-Ri Lee +4 73 72 75 72 292 ¥821,428
19T Ah-Reum Hwang +4 72 76 72 72 292 ¥821,428
19T Rikako Morita +4 76 73 71 72 292 ¥821,428
19T Miki Sakai +4 73 73 73 73 292 ¥821,428
26 Maiko Wakabayashi +5 73 73 73 74 293 ¥730,000
27T Asako Fujimoto +6 71 77 78 68 294 ¥650,000
27T Yuko Mitsuka +6 75 75 75 69 294 ¥650,000
27T Mi-Jeong Jeon +6 74 74 76 70 294 ¥650,000
27T @Minami Katsu +6 73 70 80 71 294 ¥0
27T Yumiko Yoshida +6 72 77 74 71 294 ¥650,000
27T Hikari Fujita +6 74 74 74 72 294 ¥650,000
27T Yuko Fukuda +6 75 74 72 73 294 ¥650,000
27T Erina Hara +6 72 74 73 75 294 ¥650,000
27T @Minami Hiruta +6 77 72 70 75 294 ¥0
36T Jae-Eun Chung +7 71 73 82 69 295 ¥526,250
36T Rie Tsuji +7 76 73 76 70 295 ¥526,250
36T Nachiyo Ohtani +7 77 73 73 72 295 ¥526,250
36T Esther Lee +7 72 75 75 73 295 ¥526,250
36T Yukari Nishiyama +7 71 77 74 73 295 ¥526,250
36T Kotono Kozuma +7 72 74 75 74 295 ¥526,250
36T Miki Uehara +7 76 71 74 74 295 ¥526,250
36T Serena Aoki +7 75 73 73 74 295 ¥526,250
44T Kotone Hori +8 75 74 74 73 296 ¥460,000
44T Haruka Morita +8 78 71 73 74 296 ¥460,000
44T Aya Ezawa +8 73 77 72 74 296 ¥460,000
44T Aoi Nagata +8 74 72 73 77 296 ¥460,000
44T Kumiko Kaneda +8 72 72 73 79 296 ¥460,000
49T Haruhi Nakao +9 73 76 75 73 297 ¥415,000
49T Yoko Maeda +9 75 74 74 74 297 ¥415,000
49T Hiroko Azuma +9 76 74 72 75 297 ¥415,000
49T Eri Okayama +9 73 75 71 78 297 ¥415,000
53T Junko Omote +10 74 76 76 72 298 ¥360,000
53T Mamiko Higa +10 73 73 79 73 298 ¥360,000
53T Airi Saitoh +10 78 71 76 73 298 ¥360,000
53T Yukari Baba +10 69 80 76 73 298 ¥360,000
53T P Chutichai +10 76 70 78 74 298 ¥360,000
53T Hiromi Mogi +10 77 73 74 74 298 ¥360,000
53T Erika Kikuchi +10 74 73 75 76 298 ¥360,000
60 Yu-Ling Hsieh +11 73 75 77 74 299 ¥320,000
61T Hiroko Fukushima +12 76 73 77 74 300 ¥305,000
61T Kaori Aoyama +12 74 74 73 79 300 ¥305,000
63T Yeo-Jin Kang +13 71 79 76 75 301 ¥285,000
63T Pei-Ying Tsai +13 76 73 75 77 301 ¥285,000
65T Akane Yoshino +14 79 71 76 76 302 ¥265,000
65T Ayako Kimura +14 72 76 75 79 302 ¥265,000
67 Hiromi Kamata +19 74 75 84 74 307 ¥250,000

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