The JLPGA Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Ladies Yokohama Tire Golf Tournament, was held at Tosa Country Club (6,228 yards/par 72) in Kochi.
Hikaru Yoshimoto won her first JLPGA Tour event with a 19-under par total. The match was a dead heat from the beginning. And it continued until the playoff with Shoko Sasaki. Yoshimoto won the playoff with a birdie on the second hole. At 16-under par total, tied for third place were Ayaka Furue and Sakura Koiwai. Kumiko Kaneda, at 15-under par total, was in 5th place with a Sunday charge.
Hikaru Yoshimoto, who was in the sole lead on the final day, made a bogey on the 9th, the last of the front nine of the day, which dropped her score, but she made four birdies in the back nine and go with the flow. In the end, Yoshimoto holed out at 69 with four birdies and one bogey for a total of 19-under par total. Shoko Sasaki, who started the day in the same group as Yoshimoto, came close to Yoshimoto, made four birdies in the front nine and three in the back nine. However, two bogeys were enough to send the two into a playoff, as Sasaki's score of 19-under after a final round of 67 was the same as Yoshimoto's.
The playoff took place on the 18th hole (par 4), and on the second hole, Yoshimoto, a seven-year pro, made a long putt to win for the first time on the tour.
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