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