Ha-Neul Kim Wins in Japan

Ha-Neul Kim is a winner again on Japan's LPGA circuit. Kim claimed the title at the 2017 JLPGA CyberAgent Ladies Golf Tournament at Grand Fields Country Club in Shizuoka, Japan, a tournament that concluded on April 30.

It was sweet revenge for Ha-Neul, who barely missed the trophy in this event a year ago. At the 2016 tournament, Ha-Neul got into a playoff, only to lose when a putt lipped out. No such problem this year, although once again Kim needed a playoff to claim the victory. On the first extra hole, Kim knocked it close to the hole on her approach, then sank the birdie putt for the win.

This was Kim's first victory of 2017, but her fourth career win on the JLPGA. She's been playing the JLPGA full-time since 2015. Prior to that, Ha-Neul was an 8-time winner in her native Korea on the KLPGA, including the 2011 Hite Jinro Championship, one of the KLPGA's majors. One of her wins in Japan - the 2016 Japan LPGA Tour Championship Ricoh Cup - is a JLPGA major.

Ha-Neul also teamed with Inbee Park to win the 2013 Mission Hills World Ladies Championship.