As we spotlight a new player each week we will provide an in depth look into her life on and off the course. This week be sure to read the buzz all about Chie Arimura and get to know her.
Chie Arimura keeps lead with 1-under 71
SINGAPORE -- Japan's Chie Arimura shot a 1-under 71 for a one-stroke lead over Australia's Karrie Webb after the third round of the HSBC Women's Champions Saturday.
Arimura had two birdies and one bogey for an 11-under 205 going into the final round. Webb shot a 70.
Arimura could have had a bigger lead, but she missed short putts on the 15th and 16th holes. She had a three-shot lead with two holes to play, but three-putted on the 17th and made par on the final hole. Webb birdied the 18th.
Arimura, who has never won an LPGA tournament, will be paired Sunday with Webb and top-ranked Yani Tseng of Taiwan. Tseng had a 69 and trails by six strokes. More>>
Chie Arimura Wins 2012 JLPGA Championship Konica Minolta Cup; 13th JLPGA Win, 1st Major
Last week, Chie Arimura wasn’t able to hold on to the lead at the 2012 Golf 5 Ladies. Fast forward one week and Chie made up for it big time by holding on to win her 3rd JLPGA event of the year, her 13th JLPGA event of her career and 1st career Major. And for her American fans, there is the news that she will try to qualify for the 2013 LPGA Tour. But that is a discussion for later. Chie shot 69-65-69 through the first 3 rounds to build a 3-shot lead at 13-under over Yumiko Yoshida. It wouldn’t be Yoshida that would nearly snatch victory away. Instead, similar to last week when 2-time defending JLPGA Player of the Year Sun-Ju Ahn came from behind to win, another South Korean star almost dashed to victory. While Chie shot a 2 birdie, 2 bogey even par round to stay at 13-under in the fourth round, LPGA Major winner Inbee Park sprinted from 5-under t0 12-under with a final round 7-under par 65. Inbee’s 8 birdie, 1 bogey scorcher included a sizzling 5 straight birdies to close the round. Ultimately, it was 1 shot too little as Chie emerged victorious. The JLPGA Player of the Year race now gets very interesting with Chie Arimura, Sun-Ju Ahn and Mi-Jeong Jeon all with 3 wins so far. There are still a lot of events left including 2 more Majors. Right now it looks like a 3-woman race, but a lot can still happen. More>>
Top 10 Players To Watch On The PGA & LPGA Tour This Year
A new PGA Tour season kicks off on Friday at the Plantation Course in Hawaii and the LPGA Tour follows at the end of the month in Florida. I know many of us –including myself– are still trying to regroup from one of the most memorable and unforgettable seasons from the PGA and LPGA Tour last year. But ready or not, it’s time to buckle up for another exciting season of incredible golf. Here are the top 10 players to watch on both Tours in 2013. More>>