All Eyes on LPGA Rolex Player of the Year Race
The LPGA Tour will close out its fall Asian swing this week at the 40th annual Mizuno Classic at Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club where Momoko Ueda will defend her title. Twenty-four Symetra Tour alumni will be in the field this week playing for the $1.2 million purse. But two players in the group will be playing for much more as the Rolex Player of the Year Race tightens with three events left on the Tour’s schedule. Stacy Lewis and Inbee Park are separated by only 28 points, while each win accredits players 30 points. The duo has demonstrated winning power this season, Lewis with three victories and Park with two.
Both Lewis and Park have had solid finishes in Japan in years past. Both players have notched two top-10 finishes in the past three years. While Lewis finished T6 a year ago at the event, Park is playing with momentum coming off a runner-up finish last week at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship.
Park has been one of the most consistent players on Tour the second half of the season and has seven top-3 finishes in her last eight events and 11 top-10 finishes in her last 12 events. Prior to that streak, Park was not in the top-15 of the Rolex Player of the Year race. Both players are slated to play in the remaining three events in the 2012 season.
Other Symetra Tour alumni in the field this week include: Chella Choi, Jodi Ewart, Mina Harigae, MJ Hur, Vicky Hurst, Jennifer Johnson, Haeji Kang, Jimin Kang, Candie Kung, Mo Martin, Sydnee Michaels, Pornanong Phatlum, Gerina Piller, Lizette Salas, Dewi Claire Schreefel, Jenny Shin, Jennifer Song, Angela Stanford, Mariajo Uribe, Alison Walshe, Karrie Webb and Amy Yang.