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Korean 'Big Mama' sweeps Daikin Orchid

Date Posted: 2010-03-11

A 22-year-old South Korean gal known on the links as ‘Big Mama’ cruised to an easy five-stroke victory in the 2010 Daikin Orchid Ladies Golf Tournament at Ryukyu Country Club.

Sun Ju Ahn, who’s making her Japan Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour debut this season, finished with a 206 on the par 72, 6,439 yard Okinawa course, five strokes ahead of two fellow Koreans, an Okinawan and two Japanese. Ahn appeared almost bored at times, scoring birdies on her last two holes to stretch her lead to five over former Korean LPGA rival Ji Yai Shin. Only weeks shy of her 22nd birthday, South Korea’s latest in a string of fast moving golfers, Ji Yai Shin appeared ready to overtake Ahn, but fell short.

Shin, the 2009 U.S. Ladies Professional Golf Association Rookie of the Year, wound up in a five-way tie for second place along with Park In Bee of south Korea, Shinobu Moromizato of Okinawa, and Kaori Aoyama and Chie Arimura of Japan. Okinawa’s Ai Miayato ended up in a three-way tie for seventh together with Ayako Uehara and Saiki Fujita.

Ahn is now sitting atop the JLPGA money list, nearly ¥10 million ahead of fellow Koreans Ji Yai Shin and In Bee Park. Ahn has ¥14.4 million, while Shin and Park, along with Okinawa’s Shonobu Moromizato, and Japanese Kaori Aoyama and Chie Arimura, each have ¥4.93 million. Ai Miyazato, who’s primarily a player on the U.S. LPGA circuit, has ¥2.4 million on the Japanese LPGA leader board.

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