Mi Hyang Lee won the Mizuno Classic in a three-way playoff at Kintestsu Kashikojima Country Club, in Japan.
Mi Hyang Lee, Korea, Kotono Kozumza, Japan, and Ilhee Lee, Korea, all finished the Mizuno Classic with -11 under par totals. It took five play-off holes, all on the 18th, to decide the winner. Mi Hyang eventually claiming the trophy with a birdie, to become a Rolex first time winner, while the other two ladies parred the hole.
Mi Hyang said she was nervous about the play-off, she had never been in one before;
“I won on the LET in February in New Zealand and that gave me a lot of confidence.
“It’s pretty quick, this is only my second year out here. I think every tournament is a good experience for me and today was pretty great for me because I didn’t think I could win this tournament yet.”
“It was my first playoff ever so before I started the playoff I was a little nervous. I just kept playing and made pars and birdies and the other players played really good. It was exciting when I made the last putt.”
Ilhee was not nervous about the play-off, it did not work out her way;
“I wasn’t really nervous and was able to play like I had for the last two days. eighteen is one of the hardest holes on the course and I thought if I kept scoring par the other two would make mistakes at some stage. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. They both played really well.”
“I’d say the only regret would be the final hole of the playoff. Everything else went well for me. I played well. It’s been a good week except for that final hole.”
Kotono the JLPGA player could not give the locals fans want they wanted, she gave her best, but needs to improve her game;
“It is frustrating but I gave it my all. It just means I need to improve technically.”
In a very tightly contested event there were nine Ladies tied in fourth position, all at -10 under par, just one shot off the lead. The long list included Dame Laura Davies, who was trying to become the oldest winner on the LPGA Tour, at 51 years of age.
There then followed a group of five ladies at -9 under par, two shots adrift.
The Mizuno Classic was the final event on the LPGA’s Asian Tour, next tournament is the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico.