LPGA - Mizuno Classic Preview
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DATES: Friday, November 2nd through Sunday, November 4th
SITE: Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club, Shima-shi, Mie, Japan
COURSE ARCHITECT: Osamu Ueda (1969)
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
36 3,196 yds36 3,310 yds
Annual:  40th
Television:  None
Defending Champion:  Momoko Ueda
Runner-Up:  Shanshan Feng
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 - Seta Golf Course)
Course Record:  63 (Sakura Yokomine, 2011)
Total Purse:  $1,200,000
Shares:  1st Place - $180,000; 2nd Place - $109,523; 3rd Place - $79,451
2011 Finish
Momoko Ueda *200Sakura Yokomine204
Shanshan Feng200Stacy Lewis204
Na Yeon Choi201Mina Harigae204
Catriona Matthew203Four players at206
Teresa Lu203

* - Won in Playoff

Past Mizuno Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2011*Momoko Ueda (200) -- Shanshan Feng
2010Jiyai Shin (198) -- Yani Tseng
2009Bo Bae Song (201) -- Lorena Ochoa, Hee Young Park, Brittany Lang
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
Momoko UedaWonT-35T-9T-14Won
Shanshan Feng---T-16------2nd
Na Yeon Choi---T-35T-17T-53rd
Stacy Lewis------T-453rdT-6
Sakura YokomineT-24T-16T-12T-35T-6
Mina Harigae------------T-6
Jiyai Shin---WonT-5WonT-9
Karrie WebbT-50T-63T-29T-1413th
Mika Miyazato------T-70T-5T-14
Mayu Hattori---2ndT-29T-56T-14
Sun Ju Ahn---------T-14T-18
Candie Kung---T-11T-21T-27T-25
Hee Young Park---T-51T-2T-60T-25
Vicky Hurst------T-21T-40T-34
Inbee ParkT-14T-63T-5T-8T-46
Yani Tseng---T-63T-52nd---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Yani Tseng
Darkhorse - Mina Harigae
Last Week's Pick to Win (So Yeon Ryu) - Finished 5th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Paula Creamer) - Finished 13th
NOTES:The LPGA Tour concludes its 4-week stay in Asia this week with the
Mizuno Classic. Inbee Park captured the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia to kick off the stretch, while Suzann Pettersen won the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship in South Korea and the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship.

The top five players in the world are in the field - Yani Tseng, American Stacy Lewis, Na Yeon Choi, Inbee Park and Shanshan Feng. Pettersen, who is ranked 6th, is not playing this week. This tournament features 44 members of the LPGA Tour and 35 players on the Japan LPGA circuit in a 54-hole, stroke- play competition with no cut.

Tseng and Lewis are the only players with three victories in 2012. Tseng, however, has not won since the KIA Classic in March. Park has been the hottest player on tour for the last five months. She has finished in the top three in seven of her last eight events, including two wins. Park currently leads the money list by $533,030 over Lewis and is the only player to earn more than $2 million this season.

This is the seventh consecutive year that the event is being held at Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club in Shima-shi, Mie, Japan. Seta Golf Club hosted 10 previous times. The tournament, which dates back to 1973, is in its 37th year as an official event on the LPGA Tour. The tournament has been decided in playoffs on 10 occasions.

Last year, Momoko Ueda rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole to defeat Feng and win this tournament for a second time. Ueda, who also won in 2007, fired rounds of 67-64-69 to finish at 16-under-par 200 with Feng.

In 2010, Jiyai Shin carded rounds of 65-66-67 to win in wire-to-wire fashion. Shin finished her eighth LPGA Tour title at 18-under-par 198 for a 2-shot win over Tseng. She also won this crown in 2008. For the week, Shin played the four par-fives at 11-under par. The only time she did not make a birdie on one of the par-fives was on the first hole of the second round.

Bo Bae Song became the third consecutive non-LPGA member to win this event in 2009. She fired rounds of 68-65-68 to cruise to a 3-stroke win over Lorena Ochoa, Hee Young Park and Brittany Lang. Song, who collected her first LPGA Tour title, finished the 54-hole event at 15-under-par 201.

In 2008, Shin fired a 5-under 67 in the final round to post a 6-stroke win over Mayu Hattori. Shin, who won the Women's British Open earlier in 2008, finished the tournament at 15-under-par 201. She was the only player in the field to shoot all three rounds in the 60s (68-66-67).

Ueda, a 21-year-old upstart from the Japan LPGA, fired a 6-under 66 in the final round back in 2007 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-5 seventh, then kept her foot on the pedal the rest of the round. She finished at 13-under 203 for a 2-shot victory over LPGA Tour regulars Reilley Rankin and Maria Hjorth. Ueda made her rare double-eagle at the par-5 seventh when she holed a 3-wood from 228 yards.

In 2006, Karrie Webb birdied five holes on the back nine en route to a final- round, 6-under 66 and a victory. 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 and currently has 38 wins.

Annika Sorenstam carded 8-under 64s in the first and final rounds of 2005 to win 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 9-shot win. Her two 9-shot wins (2003-04) are the largest in event history.

The LPGA Tour moves to Mexico next week for the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Guadalajara, where Catriona Matthew won last year. The LPGA Tour will also be in Nevada on November 6 at the Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge, where the Champions Tour will defend its title.

10/30 20:08:20 ET

As of October 30, 2012, at 08:08 PM ET
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