LPGA Tour
LPGA - Mizuno Classic Preview
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DATES: Friday, November 6th through Sunday, November 9th
SITE: Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club, Shima-shi, Mie, Japan
COURSE ARCHITECT: Unknown
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 6,506
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 505 yds10 - Par 4 350 yds
2 - Par 4 360 yds11 - Par 3 165 yds
3 - Par 4 375 yds12 - Par 4 390 yds
4 - Par 4 369 yds13 - Par 5 495 yds
5 - Par 3 140 yds14 - Par 4 380 yds
6 - Par 4 410 yds15 - Par 4 405 yds
7 - Par 5 485 yds16 - Par 5 540 yds
8 - Par 3 162 yds17 - Par 3 180 yds
9 - Par 4 390 yds18 - Par 4 405 yds
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36 3,196 yds36 3,310 yds
 
Annual:  37th
Television:  None
Defending Champion:  Jiyai Shin
Runner-Up:  Mayu Hattori
Tournament Record:  192 (Annika Sorenstam, 2003)
36-Hole Record:  126 (Annika Sorenstam, 2003)
18-Hole Record:  63 (Annika Sorenstam, 2003 (twice); Chihiro Nakajima,
  Ai Miyazato, Michie Ohba, Annika Sorenstam, 2004;
  Young Kim, 2005)
Total Purse:  $1,400,000
Shares:  1st Place - $210,000; 2nd Place - $127,855; 3rd Place - $92,750
 
2008 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Jiyai Shin201Jee Young Lee209
Mayu Hattori207Bo Bae Song210
Eun-Ai Lim208Yuri Fudoh210
Il Mi Chung209Miki Saiki210
Yun-Jye Wei209Allison Fouch210
 
Past Mizuno Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2008Jiyai Shin (201) -- Mayu Hattori
2007Momoko Ueda (203) -- Maria Hjorth, Reilley Rankin
2006Karrie Webb (202) -- Kaori Higo
2005Annika Sorenstam (195) -- Jennifer Rosales
2004Annika Sorenstam (194) -- Michie Ohba, Ai Miyazato, Grace Park
2003Annika Sorenstam (192) -- Grace Park, Se Ri Pak, Sophie Gustafson
2002Annika Sorenstam (201) -- Grace Park
2001Annika Sorenstam (203) -- Laura Davies
2000*Lorie Kane (204) -- Sophie Gustafson
1999Maria Hjorth (201) -- Laura Davies, Ok-Hee Ku, Aki Nakano,
Fumiko Muraguchi
1998*Hiromi Kobayashi (205) -- Tina Barrett
1997Liselotte Neumann (205) -- Lorie Kane
1996*Mayumi Hirase (212) -- Laura Davies
1995Woo-Soon Ko (207) -- Hiromi Kobayashi, Toshimi Kimura
1994*Woo-Soon Ko (206) -- Betsy King
1993Betsy King (205) -- Jane Geddes
1992*Betsy King (205) -- Helen Alfredsson
1991Liselotte Neumann (211) -- Dottie Pepper, Caroline Keggi
1990#Debbie Massey (133) -- Danielle Ammaccapane, Caroline Keggi
1989Elaine Crosby (205) -- Dawn Coe
1988*Patty Sheehan (206) -- Liselotte Neumann
1987Yuko Morguchi (206) -- Ayako Okamoto
1986*Ai-Yu Tu (213) -- Mary Beth Zimmerman, Becky Pearson, Cathy Kratzert
1985Jane Blalock (206) -- Ai-Yu Tu
1984Nayoko Yoshikawa (210) -- Ayako Okamoto, Lauri Peterson
1983Pat Bradley (206) -- Laurie Rinker
1982Nancy Lopez (207) -- Amy Alcott
1981Patty Sheehan (213) -- Beth Daniel
1980*Tatsuko Ohsako (213) -- Pat Bradley
1979Amy Alcott (211) -- Sandra Post
1978*Michiko Okada (216) -- Nancy Lopez, Ai-Yu Tu
1977Debbie Massey (220) -- Hollis Stacy
1976Donna Caponi (217) -- Chako Higuchi
1975Shelley Hamlin (218) -- Hollis Stacy
1974Chako Higuchi (218) -- Sayoko Matsui
1973Jan Ferraris (216) -- Chako Higuchi

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Note:Formerly called LPGA Japan Classic (1973-75), Mizuno Japan Classic
(1976-79), Mazda Japan Classic (1980-92), Toray Japan Queens Cup (1993-97), Japan Classic (1998).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player1999200020012002200320042005200620072008
Jiyai Shin---------------------------Won
Mayu Hattori---------------------------2nd
Jee Young Lee------------------------T-9T-4
Yuri FudohT-283rdT-11T-135th---T-3---T-9T-7
Candie Kung---------T-38T-28T-11T-20T-32---T-11
Sakura Yokomine---------------T-28T-20T-32T-24T-16
Shinobu Moromizato---------------------T-74thT-23
Momoko Ueda---------------------T-9WonT-35
Christina Kim------------T-1061stT-42T-17T-24T-35
Meena Lee------------------T-6T-47T-41T-35
Na Yeon Choi---------------------------T-35
Ai Miyazato---------------T-2T-10T-7T-68T-51
Inbee Park------------------------T-14T-63
Karrie Webb------------T-17T-79thWonT-50T-63
Yani Tseng---------------------------T-63
Maria HjorthWonT-23T-11T-7------19thT-25T-2---
Lorena Ochoa------------T-10T-39------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Yani Tseng
Darkhorse - Maria Hjorth
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Lorena Ochoa) - Finished tied for 44th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Brittany Lang) - Finished tied for 7th
 
NOTES:
The LPGA Tour concludes its two-week stay in Asia this week with the Mizuno Classic. Na Yeon Choi captured the Hana Bank-KOLON Championship in her home country of South Korea last week. Choi is in the field this week. Six of the top-10 players in the world are competing this week, led by world No. 1 Lorena Ochoa and world No. 2, money leader and defending champion Jiyai Shin. The top American player in the field is Brittany Lang at No. 33 in the world.

Last year, Shin fired a five-under 67 in the final round to cruise to a six-stroke win over Mayu Hattori at this event. Shin, who won the Women's British Open earlier in 2008, finished the tournament at 15-under-par 201. Shin was the only player in the field to shoot all three rounds in the 60s (68-66-67).

In 2007, Momoko Ueda, a 21-year-old upstart from the Japan LPGA, fired a six-under 66 in the final round of this event to claim her first win on the LPGA Tour. Ueda, who entered the final round with a share of the lead, made birdies at her first two holes and a rare double-eagle at the par-five seventh, then kept her foot on the pedal the rest of the round. She finished at 13-under 203 for a two-shot victory over LPGA Tour regulars Reilley Rankin and Maria Hjorth. Ueda became just the 12th non-LPGA professional to win an LPGA Tour event. Ueda went on to make her rare double-eagle at the par-five seventh when she holed a three-wood from 228 yards.

In 2006, Karrie Webb birdied five holes on the back nine en route to a final- round, six-under 66 and a victory at this event. Webb finished three rounds at 14-under-par 202, claiming her fifth win of 2006 by four shots over Japan LPGA veteran Kaori Higo. Webb was the only player in the field to shoot all three rounds in the 60s. With her 35th career victory, Webb tied fellow Hall of Famer Patty Sheehan for 12th place on the LPGA Tour's all-time wins list. Webb has since passed Sheehan with her 36th title in 2009 at the J Golf Phoenix LPGA International.

In 2005, Annika Sorenstam carded eight-under 64s in the first and final rounds to win this event for the fifth straight year. Sorenstam completed the victory at 21-under-par 195 at Seta Golf Course. Sorenstam posted a cumulative total of 95-under par in her five straight wins here.

In 2003, Sorenstam opened with back-to-back, course-record 63s and then topped off her week with a final round of 66 for a record total of 192 and a nine- shot win. Her two nine-shot wins (2003-04) are the largest in event history.

This event, the last of two straight events in the Far East, features 43 members of the LPGA Tour and 35 players on the Japan LPGA circuit in a 54-hole, stroke-play competition with no cut.

This is the fourth year that the event is being held at Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club in Shima-shi, Mie, Japan. Seta Golf Club had hosted this event 10 times. The tournament, which dates back to 1973, is in its 34th year in which it has been an official event on the LPGA Tour. The tournament has been decided in playoffs on nine occasions, the last coming in 2000 when Lorie Kane defeated Sophie Gustafson. Although never a winner, Laura Davies has fared well at this event with three runner-up finishes and nine top-10 finishes overall.

The LPGA Tour moves to Mexico next week for the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Guadalajara, where Angela Stanford won last year. Cristie Kerr, Natalie Gulbis and Suzann Pettersen will represent the LPGA Tour at the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge in Nevada on November 10 against the PGA and Champions Tours.

11/03 16:53:41 ET

As of November 3, 2009, at 04:53 PM ET