Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club
Shima-Shi, Mie, Japan
November 10, 2013 – Taiwan’s Teresa Lu ended an eight-year quest for her first professional win as she captured the Mizuno Classic title by two-shots over South Korea’s Chella Choi. Lu overcame a two-stroke deficit on Sunday and fired the low-round of the week with an 8-under 64 in the final-round to seal the win.
Taiwan’s Teresa Lu ended an eight-year quest for her first professional win as she captured the Mizuno Classic title by two-shots over South Korea’s Chella Choi. Lu overcame a two-stroke deficit on Sunday and fired the low-round of the week with an 8-under 64 to finish with a three day total of 14-under-par 202. “I’ve been waiting for this day for so long,” said Lu. “This is my first win, it’s been eight years on Tour. I’m really happy. Really nervous and really happy.
Choi and Lu were on the outside-looking-in as Sunday’s proceedings started, sitting two-shots behind a Japanese trio who were tied for the first. Choi took the early lead after carding her fifth birdie of the day on the par-4 ninth hole, while Lu, who played one group behind her, made the turn at 2-under and tied for second. The Taiwan native sprinted to the outright lead with four-straight birdies on Nos. 11, 12, 13 and 14.
Choi’s only birdie on the back-nine came on the par-5 16th hole, which brought her to a tie for first with only two holes left to play, but Lu carded a birdie on the par-3 17th and took the lead again. Choi’s 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole lipped around the cup and failed to fall in, but it still wouldn’t have been enough to pull the two into a playoff as Lu sank a 12-foot birdie putt on 18 to seal the win.
Defending champion and Rolex Rankings No. 3 Stacy Lewis was hoping for another come-from-behind victory but ultimately finished in a tie for eighth after a carding her first bogey on the par-5 18th hole.