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Mizuno Classic. Teresa Lu From Taipei Wins.

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Teresa Lu, from Taipei won the Mizuno Classic at Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club in Japan.

Teresa Lu: Celebrates her Mizuno Classic success

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Teresa Lu shot a fantastic final round of -8 under par 64 to win the Mizuno Classic by two shots, with her -14 under par total.

Second place went to Chella Choi, from South Korea, she finished with a tournament total of -12 under par after her last round -6 under par 66.

The strong Japanese contingent, who started the day in control, lost ground during the final round. Mamiko Higa and Yuki Ichinose both had -2 under par last rounds to end the day at -10 under par, tied in third place.

Defending champion Stacy Lewis had been off the pace all weekend, and a closing round of -2 under par 70 saw her finish in a share of eighth, seven shots behind Teresa.

Mizuno Classic. Japan Fills First Four Places, Day 2

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Ladies from Japan filled the first four spots on the leaderboard at the Mizuno Classic on the Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club course at the end of day 2.

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Mamiko Higa, Yuki Ichinose and Shiho Oyama share first place at -8 under par for the tournament. First round leader Shiho is full of confidence and is going for the win;

“I came this far so I’m definitely going for it tomorrow. My caddie this week caddied for Bo-Mee Lee and she won last week so I think the luck is on my side.  Hope to make the best out of tomorrow with my partner.”

Yuki had seven birdies and one bogey today, and was happy with her putting. She also earned her first JLPGA victory earlier this year;

“My putting felt really comfortable before the round and that gave me the confidence to play strong today. I really enjoyed today’s round with Mamiko Higa, if she makes birdie then I make birdie, it was just like that all day.”

Mamiko is very satisfied with her round today;

 ” I’m very satisfied that I finished with no bogey today.  I really enjoyed my game today because the course is in great condition and the green is just beautiful. Of course I want to win, but there are just so many things that I still need to work on or take to a higher step no matter how I finish tomorrow, I know I’ll get something out of this tournament.”

Tied in fourth is Asako Fujimoto and American Brittany Lincicome, both ladies just one shot back at -7 under par.

Brittany like the come from behind challenge;

“It’s nice to be up there, being in the last group always adds a little pressure. Not being in the last group, I think I play best or I’ve won the most from. It will be fun to go out tomorrow. If I keep doing the same things I’ve done the last two days, it should be really close. It should be a good Sunday.”

Defending champion Stacy Lewis is tied in tenth place at -5 under par, still only three shots from the lead. Remember, Stacy overcame a seven-stroke deficit in the final round last year, birdieing the last three holes for a 64, and a one-shot victory.

She is trusting in deja vu for this tournament;

“ It’s kind of similar to last year when the first two days I just couldn’t really drop many putts. But hopefully tomorrow the gap kind of opens up a bit. But I’ve done it before so I know it’s possible. I just want to go out there and make some birdies, play smart. I got through bogey-free today and I only missed two greens, so I’m playing good golf. I just need some putts to go in tomorrow.”

LPGA Mizuno Classic. Shiho Oyama Takes 1st Round Lead

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Shiho Oyama took the first round lead at the Mizuno Classic at Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club In Japan.

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Shiho shot an opening round of -4 under par 68, including two bogey’s, to lead the Mizuno Classic by just one shot, she sadi through an interpreter;

“It was really great being able to play with Brittany Lang again, his week I’m not actually aiming for the win though, I’m just looking forward in playing with the U.S. LPGA players and hopefully my neck won’t get any worse than now.”

In a tightly contested leaderboard there are no less than nine players tied in second place at -3 under par. The top of the board looks predominately Asian, the top European Player is Pernilla Lindberg at -3 under par, and the leading American is Brittany Lincicome, at the same score.

Brittany laughed about looking at the leaderboard before she teed off;

“It was actually pretty funny because I was looking at the leaderboard before I teed off. I don’t usually look at the leaderboard but I caught a glimpse of it when I was walking to the tee and it said the leader was at 2-under. I was like, all I’ve got to do is eagle No. 1. So I got to the first tee and I actually had a great drive. My second shot was going right at the pin but I was trying to hit it right of the bunker. It carried the bunker and goes on the green. Then I get up there and it was a straight, downhill, super severe putt. So I was thinking just lag it up there, hit it close, birdie is still a great score. Then I ended up making the putt for eagle.”

Defending champion Stacy Lewis opened with a 71. and she is  the top-ranked player in the field, the world number three has had three victories this year

Stacy Lewis, Wins Rolex Player of the Year Trophy

Stacy Lewis admires her Rolex 2012 Player of the Year trophy at the LPGA Rolex Awards Celebration at the Ritz-Carlton Resort on November 16, 2012 in Naples, Florida.

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Stacy Lewis was awarded the Rolex 2012 Player of the Year trophy at the LPGA Rolex Awards Celebration at the Ritz-Carlton Resort on November 16, 2012 in Naples, Florida. Her story is of courage and strength, to overcome  Scoliosis, Stacy had to spend seven and a half years in a back brace, until at the age of seventeen her orthopedic surgeon, Dr Gary Brock declared she could remove the brace forever. Dr Brock made the trip from Houston to watch Stacy receive the Rolex Player of the Year award at the Ritz-Carleton, and listened to he her heartfelt 15-minute speech, which brought many in the house to tears. Dr Brock said;

“It was a happy ending, but not a happy middle.”

What an amazing  and rewarding story, to beat Scoliosis and achieve recognition for being the best player on the LPGA in 2012. Stacy spoke about spending seven and a half years in a hard plastic brace for 18 hours a day that put red marks all over her body,  she chose to play sports because those were the only times Dr  Brock gave her permission to take it off. Other poor patients wore a brace 20 hours per day. Stacy made the comment;

“I don’t wish it on any kid, I can tell you that.”

There were players from the LPGA in the audience, Beth Daniel, Meg Malon, Brittany Linicome, and also World number one player Yani Tseng. Two weeks ago Stacy and Yani were playing together in Japan, Stacy had just birdied 16 and 17, and on the 18th tee Yani said to Stacy;

“One more. You got this, one more.”

Stacy said in her speech about her Mizuno Classic triumph;

” One more was what I needed.”

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 Stacy was seven strokes behind South Korean Lee Bo-mee entering the last round, she fired in  10 birdies with two bogeys to finish at 11-under par, at Kintetsu Kashikojima. She said of her win;

”I don’t think I’ve ever come back from this far,’ I didn’t think the low numbers were out there until someone shot an 8 under yesterday. I just went out there today trying to make birdies and got 10 of them, which is pretty good.”

I don’t think Stacy understood her comment about never have come from so far back, she actually came from seven and a half years back. Congratulations on your Rolex Player of the Year award, and many more wins on the course in the future.

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