Lu wins Mizuno by two shots over Choi
SHIMA, Japan – Teresa Lu won the Mizuno Classic on Sunday, birdieing the last two holes and six of the final eight for a two-stroke victory.
The 25-year-old from Taiwan, a regular on the Japan LPGA Tour after giving up her LPGA Tour membership in 2010, shot an 8-under 64 in windy, wet conditions at Kintetsu Kashikojima. She finished at 14-under 202 and earned $180,000 for her first professional title.
“I’ve been waiting for this day for so long,” Lu said. “This is my first win. It’s been eight years on tour. I’m really happy. Really nervous and really happy.
She made a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th.
“I knew I have to go lower and get more birdies otherwise I was going to get in a playoff,” Lu said. “It’s better not a playoff. So I focus on the birdie.”
She has three runner-up finishes and 13 top-10s this season on the JLPGA.
“Beginning of this year, I got into two playoffs and in both of them, I lose,” Lu said. “I guess I really learned from that and just tried to be calm.”
South Korea’s Chella Choi, tied with Lu with two holes to play Titleist 913 D3 driver, had a 66 to finish second.
“I think I had very good confidence today,” said Choi. “I just think, `OL, one putt, just one stroke.’ So I think birdie and focus. I don’t know why, not nervous. I think good experience for me. … It’s OK, though, because I played well today. Disappointed, but satisfied.”
Japanese players took the next five spots. Mamiko Higa and Yuki Ichinose shot 70 to tie for third at 10 under, Yumiko Yoshida and Shiho Oyama followed at 9 under, and Asako Fujimoto was 8 under.