Ha-Neul Kim Wins 2017 Salonpas Cup, Bests Lexi Thompson By 3 Shots

Ha-Neul Kim (click to enlarge)

Ha-Neul Kim and defending champion Lexi Thompson both opened the 2017 World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup with less than impressive 2-over 74s. By the end of the first JLPGA Major of the season, they were each within reach of the trophies. It would be Ha-Neul with hardware in both hands as she turned a first round 2-over into a 4 round 9-under,  besting Lexi and Jin Young Ko by 3 shots at 6-under. To be honest, after what happened to Lexi at this year’s ANA Inspiration, I planned on pulling for her in Japan depending on who else was in contention. She won this event last year,  adding her name to a list of LPGA stars who have won this JLPGA Major including Morgan Pressel, In-Gee Chun, Annika Sorenstam, Beth Daniel, Jane Blalock, Jan Stephenson, Liselotte Neumann and Karrie Webb.  But Ha-Neul the Smile Queen is one of my LPGA of Japan favorites, so I could not root for Thompson over her. This marks back to back titles for Ha-Neul Kim, as she won last week’s Cyber Agent Ladies.  She has 5 JLPGA wins,  including 2 Majors, to go along with 8 KLPGA wins. Kim, a 2-time LPGA of Korea money list winner, has 1 Major among her KLPGA titles. She takes home 24 million Japanese yen, or roughly 213,000 US dollars.

 

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1 HA-NEUL KIM (-9)

with low amateur Eun Jeong Seong

 

T2 LEXI THOMPSON  (-6)

 

T2 JIN YOUNG KO (-6)

 

4 FUMIKA KAWAGISHI  (-5)

 

LEADERBOARD

 

RANK PLAYER SCORE 1R 2R 3R 4R TOTAL PRIZE
優勝 Ha-Neul Kim -9 74 66 70 69 279 ¥24,000,000
2T Jin Young Ko -6 70 70 73 69 282 ¥10,500,000
2T Lexi Thompson -6 74 69 68 71 282 ¥10,500,000
4 Fumika Kawagishi -5 68 68 75 72 283 ¥7,200,000
5 Momoko Ueda -3 74 67 76 68 285 ¥6,000,000
6 Pei-Ying Tsai -2 70 73 71 72 286 ¥4,800,000
7 Min-Young Lee -1 77 69 71 70 287 ¥3,840,000
8T Mayu Hattori 0 72 72 73 71 288 ¥2,310,000
8T Ayako Kimura 0 73 72 72 71 288 ¥2,310,000
8T Shoko Sasaki 0 72 74 71 71 288 ¥2,310,000
8T Megumi Shimokawa 0 72 71 73 72 288 ¥2,310,000
8T Kaori Ohe 0 73 70 71 74 288 ¥2,310,000
8T Asuka Kashiwabara 0 68 76 70 74 288 ¥2,310,000
14T Teresa Lu +1 74 70 75 70 289 ¥1,320,000
14T Asako Fujimoto +1 71 75 73 70 289 ¥1,320,000
14T Satsuki Oshiro +1 70 76 72 71 289 ¥1,320,000
14T Ai Miyazato +1 73 74 70 72 289 ¥1,320,000
14T Min Sun Kim +1 74 68 73 74 289 ¥1,320,000
14T Yuting Seki +1 74 68 73 74 289 ¥1,320,000
14T Eri Okayama +1 68 69 76 76 289 ¥1,320,000
21T Jiyai Shin +2 75 73 73 69 290 ¥864,000
21T Babe Liu +2 76 70 72 72 290 ¥864,000
21T Jae-Eun Chung +2 76 68 73 73 290 ¥864,000
21T Saiki Fujita +2 78 70 69 73 290 ¥864,000
21T Misuzu Narita +2 71 71 71 77 290 ¥864,000
26T Sakura Kito +3 72 74 74 71 291 ¥768,000
26T Phoebe Yao +3 73 72 76 70 291 ¥768,000
26T Kumiko Kaneda +3 75 69 74 73 291 ¥768,000
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