Soo-Yun Kang Wins 2016 Suntory Ladies Open

Soo-Yun Kang (click to enlarge)

Kangsy! I’ve been a fan of Soo-Yun Kang since she was a 20-something player on the United States-based LPGA. Back in 2005, it was a great thrill to see the Fashion Model of the Fairways win the Safeway Classic…and have to lift a ridiculously HUGE trophy: see it here. Since playing full-time on the LPGA of Japan (JLPGA), Kangsy has made a pretty decent living, finishing between 17th and 38th in various years making between 200,000 to 400,000 USD along the way. Now 40 years young, she earns her 2nd JLPGA win at the 2016 Suntory Ladies Open. This is Soo-Yun’s first title in 3 years, following her victory at the 2013 Studio Alice Ladies. I wrote about that tournament here: Soo-Yun Kang Wins 2013 Stanley Ladies Golf Tournament.

Soo-Yun Kang (click to enlarge)

Similar to Porani Chutichai’s win last week on the JLPGA, Soo-Yun Kang raced out to an early lead and then had to fend off a charge from the field. A first round 4-under 68 had her 2 shots behind co-leaders, and Kangsy’s fellow South Korean countrywomen, Bo-Mee Lee and Ha-Neul Kim at 6-under. Soo-Yun exploded in round 2 with an 8-under 64 that left her at 12-under, 4 shots north of her closest competitor, Ha-Neul Kim at 8-under. Anybody who follows golf is quite familiar with the scenario of somebody going way low early, but then seemingly being stuck on par the rest of the way. Kangsy recorded 13 birdies and 1 bogey in rounds 1 and 2 combined. For the final 2 rounds she had 2 birdies and 3 bogeys combined. The remaining holes were all pars on her way to 11-under overall. She still had a 3 shot lead after 3 rounds, but she was nearly chased down by reigning Serena Aoki, Yumiko Yoshida and JLPGA Player of the Year Bo-Mee Lee, who came 1 shot shy of forcing a playoff at 10-under. Lee was at 11-under but bogeyed the final hole. I am a fan of Bo-Mee but she has won a ton of times in recent years. For today, I celebrate Kangsy, an all-time favorite of mine, coming out on top.

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1 SOO-YUN KANG (-11)

 

T2 BO-MEE LEE (-10)

with Serena Aoki

 

T2 SERENA AOKI (-10)

 

T2 YUMIKO YOSHIDA (-10)

 

5 HA-NEUL KIM (-9)

 

LEADERBOARD

RANK PLAYER SCORE 1R 2R 3R 4R TOTAL PRIZE
優勝 Soo-Yun Kang -11 68 64 72 73 277 ¥18,000,000
2T Bo-Mee Lee -10 66 72 72 68 278 ¥7,266,666
2T Yumiko Yoshida -10 70 70 70 68 278 ¥7,266,666
2T Serena Aoki -10 68 73 69 68 278 ¥7,266,666
5 Ha-Neul Kim -9 66 70 73 70 279 ¥5,000,000
6T Erina Hara -8 71 71 71 67 280 ¥3,500,000
6T Lala Anai -8 70 71 70 69 280 ¥3,500,000
6T Jiyai Shin -8 73 69 68 70 280 ¥3,500,000
9 Megumi Kido -7 72 71 74 64 281 ¥2,500,000
10T Ritsuko Ryu -6 70 69 74 69 282 ¥1,641,666
10T Saiki Fujita -6 69 71 73 69 282 ¥1,641,666
10T Hiromi Mogi -6 70 73 70 69 282 ¥1,641,666
10T Hikari Fujita -6 71 73 68 70 282 ¥1,641,666
10T Mayu Hattori -6 73 71 65 73 282 ¥1,641,666
10T Kotone Hori -6 69 68 70 75 282 ¥1,641,666
16T Momoko Ueda -5 72 71 72 68 283 ¥1,220,000
16T Ai Suzuki -5 71 69 72 71 283 ¥1,220,000
18T Kana Mikashima -4 72 71 72 69 284 ¥940,000
18T Yuko Fukuda -4 67 74 72 71 284 ¥940,000
18T Kumiko Kaneda -4 69 72 71 72 284 ¥940,000
18T Ayaka Watanabe -4 69 72 69 74 284 ¥940,000
22T Yukari Nishiyama -3 71 73 71 70 285 ¥820,000
22T Akane Iijima -3 69 71 71 74 285 ¥820,000
24T Hee-Kyung Bae -2 70 72 74 70 286 ¥770,000
24T Jae-Eun Chung -2 72 73 71 70 286 ¥770,000
24T Chie Arimura -2 67 74 73 72 286 ¥770,000
27T Ah-Reum Hwang -1 71 76 71 69 287 ¥680,000
27T Pei-Ying Tsai -1 73 72 71 71 287 ¥680,000
27T Ayaka Matsumori -1 70 74 71 72 287 ¥680,000
27T Phoebe Yao -1 68 77 69 73 287 ¥680,000
27T Teresa Lu -1 71 72 70 74 287 ¥680,000
27T Megumi Shimokawa -1 71 73 68 75 287 ¥680,000
33T Ayame Morii 0 72 71 75 70 288 ¥554,285
33T Erika Kikuchi 0 73 71 74 70 288 ¥554,285
33T Yuki Ichinose 0 70 70 75 73 288 ¥554,285
33T Miho Mori 0 69 73 73 73 288 ¥554,285
33T @Nasa Hataoka 0 72 71 72 73 288 ¥0
33T Hikari Kawamitsu 0 71 73 70 74 288 ¥554,285
33T Mi-Jeong Jeon 0 70 68 75 75 288 ¥554,285
33T Miyu Shinkai 0 73 70 70 75 288 ¥554,285
41T Rie Tsuji +1 71 75 72 71 289 ¥485,000
41T Haruka Morita +1 73 74 71 71 289 ¥485,000
41T @Minami Hiruta +1 74 69 74 72 289 ¥0
41T Junko Omote +1 70 74 73 72 289 ¥485,000
41T @Hannah Green +1 75 72 69 73 289 ¥0
41T Satsuki Oshiro +1 72 73 70 74 289 ¥485,000
47 Asuka Kashiwabara +2 70 72 74 74 290 ¥460,000
48T Asako Fujimoto +3 71 75 74 71 291 ¥440,000
48T @Minami Katsu +3 70 76 73 72 291 ¥0
48T O Sattaya +3 74 71 73 73 291 ¥440,000
48T Ayako Kimura +3 68 74 75 74 291 ¥440,000
48T @Yuka Saso +3 70 74 73 74 291 ¥0
53T Karen Gondo +4 75 72 73 72 292 ¥405,000
53T Misuzu Narita +4 75 71 73 73 292 ¥405,000
53T Miki Sakai +4 72 73 73 74 292 ¥405,000
53T Mami Fukuda +4 68 71 77 76 292 ¥405,000
57T Mamiko Higa +5 71 71 78 73 293 ¥370,000
57T Na-Ri Lee +5 76 71 73 73 293 ¥370,000
57T Mayu Hosaka +5 71 76 73 73 293 ¥370,000

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