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Sakura Yokomine (71, -12) became the 2nd player on the JLPGA to break the 100 million yen barrier in season winnings when she held off Sun-Ju Ahn (69, -9), Momoko Ueda (69, -8), and Shanshan Feng (70, -8) to take the Nobuta Group Masters GC Ladies for the 2nd time in her career. When her initial 5-shot lead on Ahn (courtesy of a moving-day 63) did shrink to 3 shots early on the front and midway through the back, Yokomine responded with back-to-back birdies on both sides, icing her 3rd victory of 2013 and the 21st of her career.
Yokomine is now within striking distance of money-list leader Rikako Morita for the 1st time all season as Morita opened with a 40 today and dropped out the top 20 only 36 holes after she held the lead in this event. Morita got passed by fellow young guns Misuzu Narita (67, -6), Maiko Wakabayashi (68, -4), and Harukyo Nomura (67, -3), while big names Shiho Oyama (71, -6), Bo-Mee Lee (70, -5), Ayako Uehara (71, -3), and Ji-Hee Lee (71, -2) also moved into the the top 20. Just like on the LPGA and KLPGA, the JLPGA now has a really tight race for end-of-season honors.
1. Rikako Morita ￥104.66M
2. Sakura Yokomine ￥100.87M
3. Miki Saiki ￥79.74M
4. Yumiko Yoshida ￥71.87M
5. Sun-Ju Ahn ￥71.83M
6. Natsuka Hori ￥64.27M
9. Mi-Jeong Jeon ￥59.90M
11. Na-Ri Lee ￥57.11M
16. Onnarin Sattayabanphot ￥43.92M
17. Da-Ye Na ￥42.05M
The top 50 keep their cards for 2014, so it’s worth noting that Momoko Ueda is at #55, Yuko Mitsuka at #60, Ji-Yai Shin (who missed the cut this week) is at #62, Bo-Bae Song at #66, Li-Ying Ye at #68, Shinobu Moromizato at #70, Hyun-Ju Shin at #71, Ai Miyazato at #78, and Chie Arimura at #122.