Top Storylines for the MIZUNO CLASSIC

Stacy Lewis
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Stacy Lewis of the USA celebrates after sinking her birdie put on the 18th and winning the Mizuno Classic at Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club on November 4, 2012 in Shima, Japan.

Week of November 4, 2013
Mizuno Classic
Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club
Shima-Shi, Mie, Japan

(Note: Shima-Shi, Mie, Japan is 14 hours ahead of Eastern Time)

LPGA communications staff onsite at the event
Katie Ann Robinson, coordinator, Media Services, katieann.robinson@lpga.com; 303-668-1551 (cell)

LPGA Headquarters contacts
Kelly Thesier, manager, Tour Media, kelly.thesier@lpga.com; 386-274-6276 (office)
Meghan Flanagan, coordinator, Tour Media, meghan.flanagan@lpga.com; 386-274-6219 (office)
Ali Kicklighter, senior coordinator, Tour Media, ali.kicklighter@lpga.com; 386-274-6278 (office)


Top Storylines

Final Stop
The LPGA Tour is in Japan this week for its final stop in the five-week Asia circuit for the 41st edition of the Mizuno Classic. The Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club in Shima-Shi, Mie, Japan will play host to 78 LPGA and JLPGA players who will compete over 54-holes for a chance at a $180,000 first-place check.

Headlining this week’s event will be Rolex Rankings No. 3 Stacy Lewis, who is seeking to defend her fourth and final title from the 2012 season. Last year, the Texan overcame a seven-stroke deficit during the final round to defeat JLPGA standout Bo-Mee Lee by one-stroke to earn her fifth-career LPGA victory. Lewis is fresh off a three-week break from the LPGA Tour after tallying a runner-up finish at the inaugural Reignwood LPGA Classic in Beijing, China and a tie for sixth at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. She currently leads the Tour in top-10 finishes with 16 which also includes three victories at the HSBC Women’s Champions, the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup and the RICOH Women’s British Open.  

Remaining 2013 LPGA Tour Schedule
Date Event Location
Nov. 14-17 Lorena Ochoa Invitational  Guadalajara Country Club, Guadalajara, Mexico
Nov. 21-24 CME Group Titleholders Tiburon Golf Club, Naples, Fla.

 

Rookie Race Heats Up
As the 2013 LPGA Tour season comes down to the final three events, the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year race has tightened considerably. While Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn led the points race for the majority of the beginning of the season, Germany’s Caroline Masson took possession of the No. 1 spot following back-to-back top-10 finishes at the CN Canadian Women’s Open and the Safeway Classic in late August. While Masson built on her lead with solid finishes throughout the Asia swing, Jutanugarn managed to close the gap to a mere 26 points with a tie for 11th finish at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship.

Masson, 24, and Jutanugarn, 19, are slated to play in only two of the last three tournaments of the year, this week’s Mizuno Classic in Japan and the CME Group Titleholders in Naples Fla. at the end of the month. Japanese rookies Ayako Uehara and Chie Arimura, ranked third and fourth, respectively, are also in the field this week and could easily jump Masson and Jutanugarn with high finishes this week. Uehara finished third at last year’s Mizuno Classic as a non-member.

Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Points
1 Caroline Masson 469
2 Moriya Jutanugarn 443
3 Ayako Uehara 379
4 Chie Arimura 292

 

Unlike the Rolex Player of the Year points system, which points are solely rewarded based on top-10 finishes, the Rookie of the Year scale is much broader. Rookies earn five points if they make the cut and finish below 40th and can earn as much as 150 points for a win.

Place Points Place Points Place Points Place Points
1. 150 11. 48 21. 29 31. 19
2. 80 12. 46 22. 28 32. 18
3. 75 13. 44 23. 27 33. 17
4. 70 14. 42 24. 26 34. 16
5. 65 15. 40 25. 25 35. 15
6. 62 16. 38 26. 24 36. 14
7. 59 17. 36 27. 23 37. 13
8. 56 18. 34 28. 22 38. 12
9. 53 19. 32 29. 21 39. 11
10. 50 20. 30 30. 20 40. 10

 

Final spots for CME Group Titleholders
With only two more events on the LPGA Tour schedule before the season-ending CME Group Titleholders, the final six spots are up for grabs at this week’s Mizuno Classic and next week’s Lorena Ochoa Invitational. Fifteen LPGA Tour pros slated in the field this week will be vying for three spots to represent the Mizuno Classic. Those players include, Julieta Granada Hee-Won Han, Vicky Hurst, Danielle Kang, Christina Kim, Jee Young Lee, Lisa McCloskey, Sydnee Michaels, Belen Mozo, Haru Nomura, Jennifer Rosales, Giulia Sergas, Thidapa Suwannapura, Mariajo Uribe and Lindsey Wright.

Quick facts
November 8 – 10
Mizuno Classic
Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club
Shima-Shi, Mie, Japan

Field: 78 pros
Par:  36-36, 72
Yardage: 6,506
Purse: $1,300,000
Winner:  $180,000
Format: 54-hole stroke play
Defending champion: Stacy Lewis

TV Times
Not Televised

***This week’s field information: Mizuno Classic***

2013 LPGA Tour rookies (6)
Chie Arimura
Austin Ernst                 
Moriya Jutanugarn
Caroline Masson
Lisa McCloskey
Ayako Uehara                                     
                                                                                   
Rolex Rankings
Top 5/10
Top 8/25

2013 LPGA Official Money List
Top 10: 4/10
Top 20: 6/20
Top 50: 17/50

Past Champions
2012                Stacy Lewis
2008/2010       Jiyai Shin
2006                Karrie Webb

 

Press conference schedule

Wednesday, October 6

Caroline Masson, Rolex Rankings No. 52
Moriya Jutanugarn, Rolex Rankings No. 95
Jiyai Shin, Rolex Rankings No. 13, 2008 and 2010 Mizuno Classic champion

Thursday, October 7
                      
Stacy Lewis, Rolex Rankings No. 3, top-ranked American with three wins in 2013
Karrie Webb, Rolex Rankings No. 8, World and LPGA Golf Halls of Fame member
Mika Miyzato, Rolex Rankings No. 21

 

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