American Lewis wins Mizuno Classic golf
American Lewis wins Mizuno Classic golf
The 27-year-old American, starting the day seven strokes behind the pace in eighth place, hit 10 birdies against two bogeys for a three-round total of 11-under par 205 on the 6,506-yard, par 72 Kashikojima Country Club course.
“I played really solid yesterday, I just didn’t make any putts. But to make those three puts I made coming down the stretch was unbelievable,” said Lewis, who birdied the last three holes.
“I didn’t really think I was playing this well coming into the week but I just started playing better and better every day. Putts just started falling today and it was meant to be.”
It was her fourth title of the season following victories at the Navistar LPGA Classic, the ShopRite LPGA Classic and the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic, and fifth overall.
Lewis received the winner’s cheque of 180,000 dollars and stretched her lead over Park In-Bee in the Player of the Year standings.
“It’s nice. I was trying to win the tournament this week, but figured everything will just take care of itself,” said Lewis.
“I just got in my own way these past couple of weeks. These last two rounds, this is the most fun I’ve had all year. So it’s been a great couple of days.”
Both Lewis and Park are to play in the final two USLPGA events this season at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational and the CME Group Titleholders.
Park will need to win both tournaments while Lewis will need to finish below tenth in order for the Korean to jump ahead of the American in the Player of the Year standings.
Overnight leader Lee Bo-Mee of South Korea carded three birdies against three bogeys for an even par 72 to end as runner-up, followed by Japan’s first-round leader Ayako Uehara on 207.
World number one Yani Tseng of Taiwan was fourth on 209, while Anna Nordqvist of Sweden and three South Koreans — Seo Hee-Kyung, Jenny Shin and US Open champion Choi Na-Yeon — were tied at fifth place on 210.
Defending champion Momoko Ueda hit three birdies against four bogeys to finish tied on 27th place on 214, while two-time champion Shin Ji-Yai of South Korea was tied on 14th place with 212.
What now for Saudi Arabia’s big four teams?
- Al-Hilal won their 15th top-flight title this season.
- Big summer for Saudi Arabia football with the Green Falcons at the World Cup.
Now the Saudi Professional League season is over for another year Arab News can look back at their title tilts and what the big four clubs have to do over the coming months ahead of the next season.
Coaching situation: Ramon Diaz was in charge for much of the season, but was fired in February after setbacks in the Champions League.
Assistant Juan Brown did Okay in the final stretch, but a top-class coach could get more out of this team.
Squad priorities: A reliable goalscorer to support Omar Khribin and with veteran defender Osama Hawsawi leaving for pastures new, a replacement center-back with leadership qualities. Welcoming back the major stars — Carlos Eduardo, Khribin, Nawaf Al-Abed and Salem Al -Dawsari — will be a major boost.
Aim next season: Win the AFC Champions League
Coaching situation: Sergiy Rebrov is out of contract at the end of June. His future is likely to depend on how the team fares against Al-Sadd in the second round of the AFC Champions League in May.
Squad priorities: There is not much wrong. The Jeddah giants were the highest scorers in the league last season and had the second best defense. Keeping star midfielder Leonardo fit will help as will a little cover in the center of defense. Star striker Omar Al-Somah fell out with the coach in a public way in the penultimate game of the season. It may be that one of them has to go. The Syrian has been player of the year for three years and has a longer contract than Rebrov.
Aim next season: Win the league. Maintain good performances in Asia.
Coaching situation: Krunoslav Jurcic arrived in January and the former Croatian national team boss produced an upswing in results. May just be a temporary appointment and it needs to be sorted quickly.
Squad priorities: Looks good with the Saudi Arabia national team keeper, a strong center-back pairing of Omar Hawsawi and Bruno Uvini and the full-back position seemingly sorted with the January signing of Saad Suhail. They probably need a defensive midfielder and have to keep Junior Kabananga. The DR Congo striker has shown enough in his few weeks at the club to suggest that he could be a real star next season, especially with Leonardo pulling the strings behind him.
Aim next season: A genuine title challenge and getting through the play-offs into the 2019 AFC Champions League.
Coaching situation: A bottom half finish is unacceptable for a team with Al-Itithad’s stature and history. Chilean coach Jose Luis Sierra may find that winning domestic cups is no substitute for challenging for the title.
Squad priorities: There is too much reliance on players such as Carlos Villanueva, a creative spark in the team, and Fahad Al-Ansari, the midfield engine, who are the wrong side of 30. The possible return of star winger Fahad Al-Muwallad will help, but an introduction of energy is needed.
Aim next season: Top three and, if the team wins the King’s Cup, a good showing in the 2019 AFC Champions League.