TOTO Japan Classic R2

Ai Suzuki takes 3-stroke lead into the final day

November 08-10
Seta Golf Club, Shiga, Japan
$1,500,000
Round 1, Round 3


Ai Suzuki fired a bogey-free7-under 65 to take a 3-stroke lead into the final day at the LPGA Japan Classic.

“I have to shoot more than 3 under to win the tournament,” Suzuki said. “Usually winner scores low. Especially this week with this course, I think I have to play and score 5 to 6 under. That will be my target score tomorrow.”

Gaby Lopez finished with back-to-back birdies for a second round 67 to take second place.

“It’s key to be below the hole on every single green,” Lopez said. “Everything slopes back to front. The more you are putting uphill the more aggressive you can be.”


First round co-leader Hanna Green shot a 69 and is tied for third with Hyo Joo Kim.

Suzuki had seven birdies at the par-72 Seta Golf Course for a 12-under 132 total. Gaby Lopez shot a 67 and was in second place in the final event of the LPGA Tour’s Asia Swing.

“The back end of the round I felt a lot more confident and I pushed myself to make sure I finished under par. It was nice to finish birdie-birdie today because I didn’t do that yesterday.”


With a win

Ai Suzuki would become the third non-Member winner of the 2019 season, joining AIG Women’s British Open winner Hinako Shibuno and BMW Ladies Championship winner Ha Na Jang

Suzuki would become eligible for LPGA Tour Membership; she could accept immediate Membership or take Membership for the 2020 season – she would have until Monday of the CME Group Tour Championship to make her decision

Suzuki would become the 15th different winner from Japan in LPGA Tour history, and would join Kia Classic winner Nasa Hataoka as 2019 Japanese winners

Gaby Lopez would earn her second career LPGA Tour win; and would capture titles at the penultimate event for the second-straight year


Mexico would become the 10th different country to be represented by a winner in 2019

Suzuki or Lopez would become the 23rd different winner on the LPGA Tour in 2019


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Tours
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Ai Suzuki
-12
67
65
132
2
Gaby Lopez
-9
68
67
135
T3
Hyo Joo Kim
-8
68
68
136
T3
Hannah Green
-8
67
69
136
T5
Shanshan Feng
-7
70
67
137
T5
Minjee Lee
-7
68
69
137
T7
Ah-Reum Hwang
-6
72
66
138
T7
Chella Choi
-6
70
68
138
T7
Erika Kikuchi
-6
70
68
138
T7
Jing Yan
-6
69
69
138
T7
Hinako Shibuno
-6
69
69
138
T7
Jennifer Kupcho
-6
68
70
138
13
Sakura Koiwai
-5
70
69
139
T14
Su Oh
-4
72
68
140
T14
Minami Katsu
-4
69
71
140
T14
Yu Liu
-4
69
71
140
T14
Teresa Lu
-4
68
72
140
T18
Ariya Jutanugarn
-3
73
68
141
T18
Mi-Jeong Jeon
-3
73
68
141
T18
Nicole Broch Larsen
-3
70
71
141
T18
Misuzu Narita
-3
70
71
141
T18
Azahara Munoz
-3
70
71
141
T18
Sun-Ju Ahn
-3
70
71
141
T18
Morgan Pressel
-3
70
71
141
T18
Rumi Yoshiba
-3
70
71
141
T18
Seon Woo Bae
-3
69
72
141
T27
Lexi Thompson
-2
74
68
142
T27
Sakura Yokomine
-2
73
69
142
T27
Mel Reid
-2
73
69
142
T27
Momoko Ueda
-2
72
70
142
T27
Yui Kawamoto
-2
71
71
142
T27
Eri Okayama
-2
70
72
142
T27
Sayaka Takahashi
-2
70
72
142
T27
Kana Mikashima
-2
69
73
142
T27
Lydia Ko
-2
68
74
142
T36
Jiyai Shin
-1
74
69
143
T36
So Yeon Ryu
-1
74
69
143
T36
Pornanong Phatlum
-1
74
69
143
T36
Erika Hara
-1
73
70
143
T36
Kana Nagai
-1
72
71
143
T36
Marina Alex
-1
71
72
143
T36
Hina Arakaki
-1
70
73
143
T36
Gerina Piller
-1
70
73
143
T44
Amy Olson
E
75
69
144
T44
Mone Inami
E
72
72
144
T44
Anna Nordqvist
E
71
73
144
T44
Jeongeun Lee6
E
70
74
144
T44
Rei Matsuda
E
69
75
144
T49
Eun-Hee Ji
1
75
70
145
T49
Saki Asai
1
74
71
145
T49
Mika Miyazato
1
74
71
145
T49
Ashleigh Buhai
1
74
71
145
T49
Megan Khang
1
74
71
145
T49
Ally McDonald
1
74
71
145
T49
Wei-Ling Hsu
1
73
72
145
T49
Ji-Hee Lee
1
73
72
145
T49
Celine Boutier
1
72
73
145
T49
Mamiko Higa
1
70
75
145
T59
Serena Aoki
2
74
72
146
T59
Kristen Gillman
2
73
73
146
T59
Hee-Kyung Bae
2
72
74
146
T59
Momoko Osato
2
70
76
146
T63
Lala Anai
3
76
71
147
T63
Mi Hyang Lee
3
75
72
147
T63
Mi Jung Hur
3
73
74
147
T63
Bronte Law
3
73
74
147
T63
Moriya Jutanugarn
3
72
75
147
T63
Min-Young Lee
3
71
76
147
T63
Nasa Hataoka
3
71
76
147
T63
Jenny Shin
3
69
78
147
T63
Angel Yin
3
69
78
147
T72
Asuka Kashiwabara
4
74
74
148
T72
Hikaru Yoshimoto
4
74
74
148
74
In-Kyung Kim
5
76
73
149
75
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
6
75
75
150
T76
Saranporn Langkulgasettrin
7
81
70
151
T76
Jasmine Suwannapura
7
75
76
151
78
Jaye Marie Green
10
75
79
154
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