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Know Your LPGA Tournaments: Meet the Mizuno Classic



The Mizuno Classic is long-running women's golf tournament in Japan that is co-sanctioned by the LPGA Tour along with the LPGA of Japan Tour (JLPGA). It is usually played late in the year, typically November, and is 54 holes in length.

2015 Tournament
  • When: Nov. 5-8
  • Where: Shima-Shi, Mie, Japan (course TBA)

2014 Mizuno Classic
Korean golfer Mi Hyang Lee won a 3-way playoff that lasted five holes, earning her first win on the LPGA Tour.

She won earlier in the 2014 on the Ladies European Tour. Lee, fellow Korean Ilhee Lee and Japanese golfer Kotono Kozuma all tied at 11-under 205. And all three matches scores through the first four extra holes, before Mi Hyang Lee birdied the fifth extra hole.

LPGA tournament site

LPGA Mizuno Classic Records

  • 18 holes: 63 - Sakura Yokomine, 2011; Young Kim, 2005; Annika Sorenstam, 2004 and twice in 2003
  • 54 holes: 192 - Annika Sorenstam, 2003

LPGA Mizuno Classic Golf Courses


The current golf course is Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club in Shima-shi, a city in Mie Prefecture, southwest of Osaka. It has been he site of the Mizuno Classic since 2006. The tournament visited multiple courses around Japan prior to 2006, played in about a dozen different locations.

LPGA Mizuno Classic Trivia and Notes



  • At the 2003 tournament, Sorenstam set the LPGA Tour record for lowest 54-hole stroke total with a winning total of 192. She also set the tour's all-time record for most strokes under par in a 54-hole event at 24-under.
  • Also in 2003, Sorenstam established the tournament's 18-hole scoring record of 63, a mark that has been tied several times since. But at the 2003 tournament, Annika shot that score two rounds in a row, in the first and second rounds.
  • Grace Park was runner-up to Sorenstam three consecutive years, 2002-2004. But in 2003 and 2004, Sorenstam's winning margin over Park was nine strokes both times.
  • No other golfer has won more than twice, but among those 2-time champs is Hall of Famer Betsy King. King won her titles back-to-back in 1992-93.
  • Momoko Ueda punctuated her victory at the 2007 Mizuno Classic with a double eagle in the final round. At the time, it was just the eighth double eagle in the history of the JLPGA Tour. Ueda earned her LPGA membership via that win.

Winners of the Mizuno Classic


(p-won playoff; w-weather shortened)

2014 - Mi Hyang Lee-p, 205
2013 - Teresa Lu, 202
2012 - Stacy Lewis, 205
2011 - Momoko Ueda-p, 200
2010 - Jiyai Shin, 198
2009 - Bo Bae Song, 201
2008 - Jiyai Shin, 201
2007 - Momoko Ueda, 203
2006 - Karrie Webb, 202
2005 - Annika Sorenstam, 195
2004 - Annika Sorenstam, 194
2003 - Annika Sorenstam, 192
2002 - Annika Sorenstam, 201
2001 - Annika Sorenstam, 203
2000 - Lorie Kane-p, 204
1999 - Maria Hjorth, 201

Japan Classic
1998 - Hiromi Kobayashi-p, 205

Toray Japan Queens Cup
1997 - Liselotte Neumann, 205
1996 - Mayumi Hirase-p, 212
1995 - Woo-Soon Ko, 207
1994 - Woo-Soon Ko, 206
1993 - Betsy King, 205

Mazda Japan Classic
1992 - Betsy King, 205
1991 - Liselotte Neumann, 214
1990 - Debbie Massey-w, 133
1989 - Elaine Crosby, 205
1988 - Patty Sheehan-p, 206
1987 - Yuko Moriguchi, 206
1986 - Ai-Yu Tu-p, 213
1985 - Jane Blalock, 206
1984 - Nayoko Yoshikawa, 210
1983 - Pat Bradley, 206
1982 - Nancy Lopez, 207
1981 - Patty Sheehan, 213
1980 - Tatsuko Ohsako-p, 213

Mizuno Japan Classic
1979 - Amy Alcott, 211
1978 - Michiko Okada-p, 216
1977 - Debbie Massey, 220

LPGA/Japan Mizuno Classic
1976 - Donna Caponi, 217

(Before Becoming an Official LPGA Tournament:)

Japan Classic
1975 - Shelley Hamlin, 218

LPGA Japan Classic
1974 - Chako Higuchi, 218
1973 - Jan Ferraris, 216

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