JLPGA, Mone Inami makes everyone agree

At 24, Mone Inami has scored a thirteenth success in the JLPGA (Japanese Ladies Professional Golf Association), the third in a year and a half.

by Andrea Gussoni
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JLPGA, Mone Inami makes everyone agree
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Third at the start of the last round, the Japanese Mone Inami, silver medalist at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, won with a final score of -22 (266), one stroke ahead of her compatriot Shiho Kuwaki and the South Korean Seon Woo Bae.

Co-leader after 54 holes, Nasa Hataoka, the big favorite, finished in… 8th place after a difficult 74 (+2).

Mone Inami, results

At 24, Mone Inami has scored a thirteenth success in the JLPGA (Japanese Ladies Professional Golf Association), the third in a year and a half.

The Japanese, only third at the start of this last round of the TOTO Japan Classic, one length behind the co-leaders, Shiho Kuwaki and Nasa Hataoka, was content with a 69 (-3) to put everyone on the spot. agreement. The silver medalist at the Tokyo Olympics (she had beaten the formidable Lydia Ko in the play-off for second place) also benefited from a bad Sunday from her main competitors, Kuwaki not doing better than a 71 ( -1) while Hataoka, 17th in the world, drowned with an astonishing 74 (+2) weighed down in particular by a double bogey at hole no.

15. This victory will above all allow her to obtain membership on the LPGA Tour, she who turned professional in 2018 and who has never left her country, if only to play two Majors in 2020 resulting in a 54th place at the US Women's Open and a missed cut at the British Open.

Title holder Thursday morning at the start of this 2023 edition, the Scottish Gemma Dryburgh finished with a bang by slamming a superb 65 (-7). She ends her Japanese week in 6th place at -19 and above all consolidates her position within the top 60 of the Race synonymous with the final on November 16 in Naples (Florida).

In the projection game, she holds 50th place. Coming back five shots from the lead this Sunday morning on the Taiheiyo Club Minori Course in Omitama, Rose Zhang was ultimately unable to do better than a card of 70 (-2). His two bogeys at holes 6 and 8 definitively removed him from the race for victory.

The American, only 20 years old, took 15th place at -17 (271). After four weeks in Asia, the LPGA Tour returns to the United States for final packaging. All the best golfers, including Frenchwoman Céline Boutier, will be in Belleair (Florida) on Thursday for the Annika driven by Gainbridge at Pelican ($3.25 million prize pool).

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