Momoko Ueda

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Momoko Ueda
上田 桃子
2009 Women's British Open – Momoko Ueda (4).jpg
Ueda before 2009 Women's British Open
Personal information
Born (1986-06-15) 15 June 1986 (age 30)
Kumamoto, Japan
Height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Nationality  Japan
Residence Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
Career
College none
Turned professional 2005
Current tour(s) LPGA of Japan Tour (joined 2005)
Former tour(s) LPGA Tour (2008–13)
Professional wins 12
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 2
LPGA of Japan Tour 12
Best results in LPGA major championships
ANA Inspiration T27: 2010
Women's PGA C'ship T25: 2008
U.S. Women's Open T13: 2008
Women's British Open T7: 2008
Evian Championship T27: 2013
Achievements and awards
LPGA of Japan Tour
leading money winner
2007

Momoko Ueda (上田 桃子?, Ueda Momoko, born 15 June 1986) is a Japanese female professional golfer who in 2007 at the age of 21 became the youngest player in the history of the Japan LPGA Tour (JLPGA) to finish first on the money list.[1] She is currently playing on the United States-based LPGA Tour.

Amateur career[edit]

Ueda was born in Kumamoto, Japan. She started playing golf at the age of nine, and entered the prestigious Sakata School at ten. In twenty three amateur events, she placed in the top 10 fifteen times, including three wins, and five second-place finishes.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Ueda turned pro in August 2005 and won the JLPGA rookies cup that year.[3] In 2006, she placed 4th in two JLPGA events, and tied for 9th in the Mizuno Classic, a joint JLPGA and LPGA event.

2007 was her breakout year on the JLPGA, with five wins, six runners-up, a 3rd and a 5th. Internationally, she represented Japan in the World Cup, and played in the Women's British Open at St Andrews. In April she won the Life Card Ladies at her home town of Kumamoto. She went on to win the Resort Trust Ladies and the Stanley Ladies, and placed 2nd in the Fujitsu Ladies, before winning the Mizuno Classic in November.[4] A highlight of her tournament was a double-eagle during the tournament's final round. She became the tournament's first Japanese winner in nine years and only the 16th non-LPGA member in history to win an LPGA event. Two weeks later at the Elleair Ladies she won her fifth tournament and became the youngest money title winner in the history of the JLPGA tour.[1]

Her win at Mizuno qualified her to play on the LPGA tour in 2008. In her first tournament of the year, the SBS Open at Turtle Bay, she finished fifth.[5]

Ueda again won the Mizuno Classic in 2011. She birdied the 3rd hole of a sudden death playoff to defeat Shanshan Feng.[6]

Professional wins (12)[edit]

JLPGA Tour (12)[edit]

LPGA Tour (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 4 Nov 2007 Mizuno Classic −13 (70-67-66=203) 2 strokes Sweden Maria Hjorth
United States Reilley Rankin
2 6 Nov 2011 Mizuno Classic −16 (67-64-69=200) Playoff China Shanshan Feng

LPGA Tour playoff record (1-0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 2011 Mizuno Classic China Shanshan Feng Won with birdie on third extra hole

Results in LPGA majors[edit]

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Kraft Nabisco Championship T47 T30 T27 T33 T66 T41 DNP DNP DNP
LPGA Championship T25 T57 CUT T30 CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Women's Open T13 T40 CUT CUT CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP
Women's British Open T7 T55 T9 T22 CUT CUT DNP DNP CUT
The Evian Championship ^ T27 DNP DNP DNP

^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013.
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" tied
Yellow background for a top-10 finish.

Summary[edit]

  • Starts – 26
  • Wins – 0
  • 2nd-place finishes – 0
  • 3rd-place finishes – 0
  • Top 3 finishes – 0
  • Top 5 finishes – 0
  • Top 10 finishes – 2
  • Top 25 finishes – 5
  • Missed cuts – 9
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 9
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

LPGA Tour career summary[edit]

Year Events
played
Cuts
made
Wins 2nds 3rds Top
10s
Best
finish
Earnings ($) Rank Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2006 1 1 0 0 0 1 T9 24,442 n/a 69.67 n/a
2007 4 4 1 0 0 2 1 302,550 n/a 72.07 n/a
2008 19 16 0 0 0 3 5 413,592 45 71.74 23
2009 18 15 0 1 0 2 T2 416,333 33 71.68 28
2010 9 7 0 0 0 1 T6 114,509 45 71.81 31
2011 16 13 1 0 0 1 1 333,494 34 72.19 31
2012 19 14 0 0 0 0 T12 210,197 58 71.85 33
2013 17 12 0 0 0 0 T27 83,283 88 72.66 76
  • Official as of the 2013 season

JLPGA prize money[edit]

Year Earnings (¥) Rank
2005 0
2006 46,751,163 13
2007 166,112,232 1
2008 54,617,651 17
2009 42,380,260 21
2010 21,771,999 39
2011 35,710,800 22
2012 6,383,200 80
2013 19,256,000 48
2014 74,315,585 10
2015 88,731,118 7
Total 556,030,008 19

Team appearances[edit]

Professional

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ueda's fifth victory clinches money title". The Japan Times. 19 November 2007. Retrieved 17 February 2008. 
  2. ^ "Momoko Ueda" (PDF). LPGA. Retrieved 17 February 2008. 
  3. ^ "Momoko Ueda". Egg Times. Retrieved 17 February 2008. 
  4. ^ "Ueda shoots 66 for 2-stroke victory in Mizuno Classic". ESPN. Associated Press. 4 November 2007. Retrieved 17 February 2008. 
  5. ^ "Sorenstam wins 70th LPGA Tour title, ends long winless streak". CBS Sports. Associated Press. 16 February 2008. Retrieved 17 February 2008. 
  6. ^ Momoko Ueda wins Mizuno in playoff

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