LPGA Toto Japan Classic

View the list of champions and read about the tournament's history

Shanshan Feng hits her tee shot on the 18th hole during the second round of the TOTO Japan Classic 2016 at the Taiheiyo Club Minori Course
2016 Toto Japan Classic winner Shanshan Feng. Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

The Toto Japan Classic is a long-running women's golf tournament in Japan that is co-sanctioned by the LPGA Tour along with the LPGA of Japan Tour (JLPGA). It is usually played late in the year, typically November, and is 54 holes in length. From 1999 through 2014, it was known as the Mizuno Classic.

2018 Toto Japan Classic

  • When: Nov. 2-4
  • Where: Seta Golf Club in Shiga, Japan

2017 Tournament
Shanshan Feng repeated as champion.

After tying the tournament's 18-hole scoring record with a second-round 63, Feng finished at 19-under 197, six shots lower than her 2016 winning score. The runner-up was Ai Suzuki, two strokes behind. It was Feng's eighth career win on the LPGA Tour.

2016 Toto Japan Classic
Shanshan Feng won despite making a double bogey on the final hole of the tournament. Feng shot 70 in the final round, but had four birdies against no bogeys until that final-hole stumble. But the lead she took to that last hole was good enough for Feng to survive. She won by a stroke over Ha Na Jang. It was Feng's sixth career win on the LPGA Tour.

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LPGA Toto Japan Classic Records

  • 18 holes: 63 - Sakura Yokomine, 2011; Young Kim, 2005; Annika Sorenstam, 2004 and twice in 2003; Shanshan Feng, 2017
  • 54 holes: 192 - Annika Sorenstam, 2003

LPGA Toto Japan Classic Golf Courses

In 2017, the tournament moved to the Minori Course at Taiheyo Club in Ibaraki, in Osaka Prefecture in the north of Japan.

In 2018, it travels to Shiga, Japan, and the Seta Golf Club.

The previous golf course was Kintetsu Kashikojima Country Club in Shima-shi, a city in Mie Prefecture, southwest of Osaka. It had been he site of the Mizuno Classic since 2006. The tournament visited multiple courses around Japan prior to 2006, played in about a dozen different locations.

LPGA Toto Japan Classic Trivia and Notes

  • Jane Blalock's 27th and final LPGA win happened at the 1985 Mazda Japan Classic.
  • Annika Sorenstam won this tournament five times in a row from 2001 through 2005. That shares the record for most overall wins at the same LPGA tournament, and holds the record for most consecutive wins at the same LPGA tournament.
  • At the 2003 tournament, Sorenstam set the LPGA Tour record for lowest 54-hole stroke total with a winning total of 192. She also set the tour's all-time record for most strokes under par in a 54-hole event at 24-under.
  • Also in 2003, Sorenstam established the tournament's 18-hole scoring record of 63, a mark that has been tied several times since. But at the 2003 tournament, Annika shot that score two rounds in a row, in the first and second rounds.
  • Grace Park was runner-up to Sorenstam three consecutive years, 2002-2004. But in 2003 and 2004, Sorenstam's winning margin over Park was nine strokes both times.
  • No other golfer has won more than twice, but among those 2-time champs is Hall of Famer Betsy King. King won her titles back-to-back in 1992-93. Shanshan Feng also won back-to-back in 2016-17.
  • Momoko Ueda punctuated her victory at the 2007 Mizuno Classic with a double eagle in the final round. At the time, it was just the eighth double eagle in the history of the JLPGA Tour. Ueda earned her LPGA membership via that win.

    Winners of the Toto Japan Classic

    (p-won playoff; w-weather shortened)

    2017 - Shanshan Feng, 197
    2016 - Shanshan Feng, 203
    2015 - Sun-Ju Ahn-p, 200

    Mizuno Classic
    2014 - Mi Hyang Lee-p, 205
    2013 - Teresa Lu, 202
    2012 - Stacy Lewis, 205
    2011 - Momoko Ueda-p, 200
    2010 - Jiyai Shin, 198
    2009 - Bo Bae Song, 201
    2008 - Jiyai Shin, 201
    2007 - Momoko Ueda, 203
    2006 - Karrie Webb, 202
    2005 - Annika Sorenstam, 195
    2004 - Annika Sorenstam, 194
    2003 - Annika Sorenstam, 192
    2002 - Annika Sorenstam, 201
    2001 - Annika Sorenstam, 203
    2000 - Lorie Kane-p, 204
    1999 - Maria Hjorth, 201

    Japan Classic
    1998 - Hiromi Kobayashi-p, 205

    Toray Japan Queens Cup
    1997 - Liselotte Neumann, 205
    1996 - Mayumi Hirase-p, 212
    1995 - Woo-Soon Ko, 207
    1994 - Woo-Soon Ko, 206
    1993 - Betsy King, 205

    Mazda Japan Classic
    1992 - Betsy King, 205
    1991 - Liselotte Neumann, 214
    1990 - Debbie Massey-w, 133
    1989 - Elaine Crosby, 205
    1988 - Patty Sheehan-p, 206
    1987 - Yuko Moriguchi, 206
    1986 - Ai-Yu Tu-p, 213
    1985 - Jane Blalock, 206
    1984 - Nayoko Yoshikawa, 210
    1983 - Pat Bradley, 206
    1982 - Nancy Lopez, 207
    1981 - Patty Sheehan, 213
    1980 - Tatsuko Ohsako-p, 213

    Mizuno Japan Classic
    1979 - Amy Alcott, 211
    1978 - Michiko Okada-p, 216
    1977 - Debbie Massey, 220

    LPGA/Japan Mizuno Classic
    1976 - Donna Caponi, 217

    (Before Becoming an Official LPGA Tournament:)

    Japan Classic
    1975 - Shelley Hamlin, 218

    LPGA Japan Classic
    1974 - Chako Higuchi, 218
    1973 - Jan Ferraris, 216