Teresa Lu suc­cess­fully de­fends JLPGA Re­sort Trust Open ti­tle in Ja­pan

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wanese golfer Teresa Lu fired a five-un­der 67 to re­tain her ti­tle at the Re­sort Trust Ladies Open in Ja­pan Sun­day with a to­tal score of 14-un­der 202.

I wasn’t do­ing well on the green to­day. But I tried — and suc­ceeded — in re­lax­ing my­self, fo­cus­ing on play­ing golf with­out giv­ing much thought to win­ning and de­fend­ing my ti­tle,” Lu said.

Placed sec­ond and just one stroke be­hind South Korea’s Jiyai Shin in the sec­ond round, Lu carded seven birdies and two bo­geys in the fi­nal round to beat Shin and bag her sec­ond win for this sea­son and her sixth in the Ja­pan Tour.

Both Lu and Shin carded three birdies on the front nine and were tied at the 10th. But then Lu fired two straight birdies to get ahead of Shin.

Shin was the run­ner-up with a three-round to­tal of 203, ahead of Ja­pan’s Yu­miko Yoshida, who ended one stroke be­hind with a to­tal of 204.

The 27- year- old Lu won a cash prize of 14.4 mil­lion yen (US$116,000) in the Ja­pan Tour tour­na­ment held at the Maple Point Golf Club in Ya­manashi May 29-31, which had a to­tal purse of 80 mil­lion Ja­panese yen.

The tour­na­ment was or­ga­nized jointly by the U.S.-based Ladies Pro­fes­sional Golf As­so­ci­a­tion (LPGA) and the Ladies Pro­fes­sional Golf As­so­ci­a­tion of Ja­pan (JLPGA).

CNA

Tai­wanese golfer Teresa Lu poses with her tro­phy af­ter win­ning the Re­sort Trust Ladies Open in Ja­pan, yes­ter­day.

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