LPGA Tour

Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions

January 17-20

Lake Buena Vista, Florida

$1,200,000

January 17-20

Lake Buena Vista, Florida

$1,200,000

Round 4

Eun-hee Ji wins inaugural Tournament of Champions

January 20, 2019

Eun-hee Ji won the LPGA Tournament of Champions on Sunday, firing a one-under par 70 for a two-shot triumph over fellow South Korean Lee Mi-rim.

On a day when chillier temperatures and gusty winds made life more difficult at the Four Seasons Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Ji shook off back-to-back opening bogeys to seize her fifth LPGA title.

The 32-year-old, a former US Women's Open champion whose 2017 Swinging Skirts Taiwan triumph saw her end an eight-year title drought, has now won at least one tournament in three straight seasons.

She started the day tied for the lead with New Zealand's former world number one Lydia Ko and they remained tied atop the board after nine holes.

But Ko's challenge faded with a double-bogey at 13, promptly followed by a bogey at 14. She made her only birdie of the day at the 16th, but a disappointing day ended on a down note when Ko was in the hazard at the par-3 18th on the way to another double-bogey and a six-over 77.

That left her in eighth place, seven shots adrift.

Ji finished with five birdies and four bogeys on the day. Lee applied some pressure with birdies at the 10th, 13th and 16th that moved her to 12-under and that's where she finished after her three-under 68.

A bogey at 15 dropped Ji to 13-under, but she responded with a three-foot birdie at the par-four 16th to give herself a cushion over the last two holes.

Ji said the format of the new season-opening event, which features celebrities playing alongside LPGA winners from the past two seasons, made for a relaxing week.

"It made it more fun," she said. "I didn't get nervous."

American Nelly Korda finished third, balancing two bogeys and two birdies in her even par 71 for 273.

Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn and China's Feng Shanshan shared fourth on 274.

MLB Hall of Famer John Smoltz , an exceptional golfer who qualified for the 2018 U.S. Senior Open, captured the celebrity portion of the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions. Despite struggling with three bogeys and a double-bogey on his inward nine, the Fox TV analyst finished at +149 and took a three-point win over fellow All-Star pitcher Mark Mulder (+146). Two-time celebrity champion Mardy Fish finished third with 140 points.

“The conditions today were brutal and hard, and you had to grind, and I learned a lot from just my past year of qualifying for the Senior Open,” said Smoltz, who won his first major competitive tournament. “That, to me, has prepared me to kind of grind out a game. I'm not even close to where I want to be, but I'm getting closer.”

The celebrity competition was played with a Modified Stableford scoring system. A double eagle earns 10 points, an ace earns eight points, an eagle earns five points, a birdie earns three points, a par earns two points, a bogey earns one points and a double bogey or higher earns zero points.

The LEADERS Top 10 competition awards a $100,000 bonus to the LPGA player with the most top-10 finishes through the completion of the event held immediately prior to the CME Group Tour Championship. In the event of a tie in total top-10 finishes, the award will go to the player with the most official wins, followed by most second-place finishes, third-place finishes, etc., until the tie is broken.

With a two-way tie for 10th, 11 players finished in the top 10 at the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, led by winner Eun-Hee Ji .

Pos.
Player
Scores
Total
To Par
Prize Money
1
Eun-Hee Ji
65 - 69 - 66 - 70
270
-14
$180,000
2
Mirim Lee
67 - 68 - 69 - 68
272
-12
$147,962
3
Nelly Korda
70 - 67 - 65 - 71
273
-11
$107,336
T4
Moriya Jutanugarn
71 - 67 - 67 - 69
274
-10
$74,933
T4
Shanshan Feng
71 - 67 - 66 - 70
274
-10
$74,933
T6
Stacy Lewis
66 - 74 - 66 - 70
276
-8
$50,225
T6
Brooke M. Henderson
65 - 67 - 69 - 75
276
-8
$50,225
8
Lydia Ko
66 - 68 - 66 - 77
277
-7
$40,100
9
Georgia Hall
73 - 66 - 69 - 70
278
-6
$36,049
T10
Lexi Thompson
67 - 69 - 73 - 70
279
-5
$31,593
T10
Gaby Lopez
69 - 68 - 69 - 73
279
-5
$31,593
T12
In Gee Chun
70 - 71 - 71 - 69
281
-3
$27,461
T12
Annie Park
68 - 70 - 73 - 70
281
-3
$27,461
T14
Amy Yang
75 - 69 - 69 - 69
282
-2
$24,221
T14
Cristie Kerr
72 - 72 - 67 - 71
282
-2
$24,221
T16
Nasa Hataoka
73 - 72 - 71 - 67
283
-1
$21,629
T16
Marina Alex
69 - 67 - 72 - 75
283
-1
$21,629
T18
Danielle Kang
68 - 74 - 70 - 72
284
E
$19,334
T18
Ariya Jutanugarn
67 - 67 - 75 - 75
284
E
$19,334
T18
Mi Hyang Lee
68 - 71 - 69 - 76
284
E
$19,334
21
Anna Nordqvist
71 - 74 - 69 - 71
285
1
$17,984
T22
Katherine Kirk
73 - 72 - 71 - 70
286
2
$17,012
T22
Brittany Lincicome
71 - 72 - 70 - 73
286
2
$17,012
24
Pernilla Lindberg
77 - 70 - 68 - 72
287
3
$16,040
25
Sei Young Kim
69 - 69 - 73 - 77
288
4
$15,473
26
Thidapa Suwannapura
68 - 69 - 79 - 76
292
8
$14,906
Pos.
Player
Scores
Total
To Par
1
Eun-Hee Ji
65 - 69 - 66 - 70
270
-14
2
Mirim Lee
67 - 68 - 69 - 68
272
-12
3
Nelly Korda
70 - 67 - 65 - 71
273
-11
T4
Moriya Jutanugarn
71 - 67 - 67 - 69
274
-10
T4
Shanshan Feng
71 - 67 - 66 - 70
274
-10
T6
Stacy Lewis
66 - 74 - 66 - 70
276
-8
T6
Brooke M. Henderson
65 - 67 - 69 - 75
276
-8
8
Lydia Ko
66 - 68 - 66 - 77
277
-7
9
Georgia Hall
73 - 66 - 69 - 70
278
-6
T10
Lexi Thompson
67 - 69 - 73 - 70
279
-5
T10
Gaby Lopez
69 - 68 - 69 - 73
279
-5
T12
In Gee Chun
70 - 71 - 71 - 69
281
-3
T12
Annie Park
68 - 70 - 73 - 70
281
-3
T14
Amy Yang
75 - 69 - 69 - 69
282
-2
T14
Cristie Kerr
72 - 72 - 67 - 71
282
-2
T16
Nasa Hataoka
73 - 72 - 71 - 67
283
-1
T16
Marina Alex
69 - 67 - 72 - 75
283
-1
T18
Danielle Kang
68 - 74 - 70 - 72
284
E
T18
Ariya Jutanugarn
67 - 67 - 75 - 75
284
E
T18
Mi Hyang Lee
68 - 71 - 69 - 76
284
E
21
Anna Nordqvist
71 - 74 - 69 - 71
285
1
T22
Katherine Kirk
73 - 72 - 71 - 70
286
2
T22
Brittany Lincicome
71 - 72 - 70 - 73
286
2
24
Pernilla Lindberg
77 - 70 - 68 - 72
287
3
25
Sei Young Kim
69 - 69 - 73 - 77
288
4
26
Thidapa Suwannapura
68 - 69 - 79 - 76
292
8