Mizuno’s rising star Erika Hara (21) warmed up for her first US Open by winning the Japan LPGA’s season-ending JLPGA Tour Championship Ricoh Cup – for her second victory of the year and third overall. The Japan Women’s Open winner in early October shot an even-par 72 for a two-stroke victory finishing at 10-under for 278 at Miyazaki Country Club.
Hara’s hot streak started when the new Mizuno JPX921 Hot Metal irons went into play immediately before the Japan Open Championship. Winning the Ricoh Cup, Hara played a full Mizuno bag – with Mizuno ST200x driver, ST200 3 and 5 wood and JPX921 Hot Metal irons. Next stop for Hara is the US Open at the Champions Golf Club, Houston, Texas on 1oth December.
The US Open is going to be a very interesting test for Erika – she’s definitely long enough to compete and has perfectly timed her run of form.
Jeff Cook – Mizuno PGA Tour Manager