SHIMA MIE PREF. – Taiwan’s Teresa Lu won the Mizuno Classic on Sunday, birdieing the last two holes and six of the final eight for an 8-under 64 and a two-stroke victory.
The 25-year-old Lu, a regular on the Japan LPGA Tour after giving up her LPGA Tour membership in 2010, finished at 14-under 202 at a wet and windy Kintetsu Kashikojima.
“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 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, had a 66 to finish second.
“I had very good confidence today,” said Choi. “I just think, ‘OK, one putt, just one stroke.’ So I think birdie and focus. I don’t know why, not nervous. Good experience for me. 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 (68) and Shiho Oyama (71) followed at 9 under, and Asako Fujimoto (71) was 8 under.
Stacy Lewis tied for eighth at 7 under. The third-ranked American was the top-ranked player in the field.
“I could have made some putts earlier I just couldn’t seem to make any putts,” Lewis said. “But to shoot 2 under in this wind is a good score. It’s pretty crazy what those two are doing today.”
American Brittany Lincicome, a stroke off the lead entering the day, had a 77 to tie for 29th at 2 under.