Mon, Nov 07, 2011 - Page 19 News List

Ueda wins Mizuno Classic in playoff

AP, SHIMA, Japan

Japan’s Momoko Ueda birdied the third hole of a playoff with China’s Feng Shanshan yesterday to win the Mizuno Classic.

Overnight leader Ueda, who won the tournament in 2007, sealed the win with a long birdie putt on the par-four 18th at the Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club for her first win of this year.

Feng shot a seven-under 65 in the final round to pull even with Ueda, who had a 69 as both players finished regulation at 16-under 200.


Feng, who started the final round tied for third four strokes behind Ueda, fell just short in her bid for her first LPGA victory. The 22-year-old has won twice on the Japan tour and had three top-10 finishes on the LPGA.


Ueda, whose Mizuno Classic win in 2007 earned her LPGA membership in 2008, has eight career wins on the Japan tour, but had not won a tournament since the 2009 AXA Ladies Open.

South Korea’s Choi Na-yeon had a 64 — the best round of the day — to finish a stroke out of the playoff.

Scotland’s Catriona Matthew (67) and Taiwan’s Teresa Lu (67) followed at 13-under, and Americans Stacy Lewis (65) and Mina Harigae (69) were another stroke back along with Japan’s Sakura Yokomine (70).

Defending champion Shin Ji-yai of South Korea shot a 66 to finish tied for ninth at 10-under 206.

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