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.
FIRST OF YEAR
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.