Momoko Ueda seeks to defend her title at the Mizuno Classic

Momoko Ueda with winner's trophy.
Photo Credit: Adam Pretty/Getty Images

Momoko Ueda of Japan celebrates victory with the trophy after the 3rd playoff hole in the final round of the Mizuno Classic at Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club.

The LPGA Tour heads to Japan for the 40th annual Mizuno Classic for its last stop in its four-week Asia circuit. A 79 player field will compete for three days with a $1.2 million purse and a $180,000 first-place check up for grabs.

Japan’s Momoko Ueda seeks to defend her title after battling China’s Shanshan Feng in a three-hole playoff last year. The course plays hot for Ueda as she claimed her second Mizuno Classic title last season with the first coming in 2007 as a non-member. The five-year veteran on Tour has eight career top-10 finishes, but her season-best in 2012 is a tie for 12th at the LPGA LOTTE Championship Presented by J Golf and the Evian Masters Presented by Societe Generale.

Inbee Park seeks her second Asia swing title and enters the week following her runner-up finish at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship Presented by Audi, where she crossed the $2 million mark in season earnings. The South Korea native scored her 11th top-10 finish in 12 events last week, putting her in close position to steal the No. 1 spot in Rolex Player of the Year race from Stacy Lewis.

Topics: Tournament Preview, Mizuno Classic

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