• Aussies on Tour: Minjee’s million-dollar lure in Japan

By Australia Golf Media

An eagle and a birdie is all that stands between Minjee Lee and a $US1 million pay day at this week’s
LPGA TOUR TOTO Japan Classic in Japan.
The two-time major champion has struggled since withdrawing in the first round of the CP Women’s
Open in Canada due to illness, missing two cuts and having a best finish of tied for 49th in her past
four starts.
It is an unfamiliar trend for the world No.5 but there is an added incentive at Seta Golf Course this
Not only is Lee still in contention for LPGA Player of the Year honours but she currently leads the Aon
Risk Reward Challenge, the season-long competition won last year by fellow West Australian Hannah
Players take their best two scores from each Aon Risk Reward Challenge hole during both the LPGA
and PGA TOUR seasons with the winners having the best average score to par at the end of the
regular season.
At -0.912 Lee is just ahead of newly-crowned world No.1 Atthaya Thitikul (-0.891) and with just two
events left can wrap up the million-dollar prize with two sub-par results this week.
The 435-metre par-5 13th is serving as the Aon Risk Reward Challenge hole. If Lee can record an
eagle and a birdie over the course of the four days, her average score will move to -0.944, all but
ensuring she becomes the 2022 champion.
If she records two birdies for the week, her season-long average score to par would move to -0.917,
requiring Thitikul to record an eagle and a birdie to tie her score.
Thitikul can move into first place with two eagles, unless of course Lee also plays the hole two
strokes under par twice over the four rounds.
With two wins and $US3,749,167 in prize money it has been another extraordinary year for the 26-
year-old, a year in which she can return home with a further inflated bank balance should she
maintain her advantage in the Aon Risk Reward Challenge.
As Lee eyes off the end to her LPGA Tour season, 19 Aussies are vying for a spot on the DP World
Tour in 2023.
Four venues will host Second Stage of the DP World Tour Qualifying School in Spain this week, to be
followed a week later by the six-round Final Stage also in Spain where 156 players will fight it out for
guaranteed starts next year.
Last week’s tie for sixth in Bermuda has earned Aaron Baddeley another PGA TOUR start, this time at
the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba in Mexico.
With just three events left in the Fall Series, Baddeley, Harrison Endycott and Jason Day will all be
hoping to bank valuable FedEx Cup points to firm up their schedules into the new year.
Ten Aussies are teeing it up at the Asian Tour’s International Series Morocco and Brendan Jones is
one of four Australians in action at the Mynavi ABC Championship on the Japan Golf Tour, 20 years
after his victory at ABC Golf Club.
Round 1 tee times AEDT

WWT Championship at Mayakoba
El Camaleon Golf Course at Mayakoba, Riviera Maya, Mexico
11.06pm Aaron Baddeley, Jason Dufner, Ben Martin
12.34am* Harrison Endycott, Ben Griffin, Enrique Marin Santander
3.35am Danny Lee (NZ), Nate Lashley, Kramer Hickok
4.30am Jason Day, Billy Horschel, Justin Rose

Defending champion: Viktor Hovland
Past Aussie winners: Nil
Top Aussie prediction: Aaron Baddeley
TV times: Live 6am-9am Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday on Fox Sports 505.

Japan Golf Tour
Mynavi ABC Championship
ABC Golf Club, Hyogo
10.05am* Anthony Quayle, Shunsuke Sonoda, Yudai Furukawa
10.25am* Brad Kennedy, Mikuya Akutsu, Yuwa Kosaihei
10.30am Michael Hendry (NZ), Naoto Nakanishi, Kenshiro Ikegami
10.40am Brendan Jones, Komei Oda, Kim Kyung Tae
12.20pm Andrew Evans, Ukita Flight (a), Yasuki Yoshida
Defending champion: Yousuke Asachi
Past Aussie winners: Brian Jones (1989), Brendan Jones (2002)
Top Aussie prediction: Brad Kennedy

Toto Japan Classic
Seta Golf Course, Shiga, Japan
10.22am* Stephanie Kyriacou, Kana Nagai, Jenny Shin
11.50am Minjee Lee, Ayaka Furue, Yuna Nishimura
Defending champion: Ai Suzuki (2019)
Past Aussie winners: Karrie Webb (2006)
Top Aussie prediction: Stephanie Kyriacou
TV times: 1pm-5pm Thursday, Friday; Live 1.30pm-5.30pm Saturday; Live 1pm-5pm Sunday on Fox
Sports 505.

Asian Tour
International Series Morocco
Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Morocco
6pm* Travis Smyth, Richard T. Lee, Ryo Hisatsune
6.10pm* Scott Hend, Phachara Khongwatmai, Gaganjeet Bhullar
6.40pm* Brett Rumford, Ian Snyman, Jinichiro Kozuma
7pm* Daniel Fox, Karandeep Kochhar, Settee Prakongvech
7.20pm Sam Brazel, Lionel Weber, Quinn Riley
7.40pm Cory Crawford, Ahmad Akram Skaik, Issa Amr Abd El Halim
10.10pm* Todd Sinnott, Nicholas Fung, Rattanon Wannasrichan
10.20pm* Jake Higginbottom, Siddikur Rahman, SSP Chawrasia
10.50pm Wade Ormsby, Sadom Kaewkanjana, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
11pm Kevin Yuan, Ben Jones, S Chikkarangappa
Defending champion: Inaugural event
Past Aussie winners: Nil
Top Aussie prediction: Travis Smyth
TV times: Live 12am-4am Friday, Saturday; Live 10pm-2am Saturday, Sunday on Fox Sports 505.

DP World Tour Q School
Second Stage
Isla Canela Links, Huelva, Spain
7pm Linus Yip, Gabriel Morgan
7pm* Elvis Smylie, Filip Jinglov
7.20pm Nathan Barbieri, Manuel Morugan, Sam Bairstow
Emporda Golf, Girona, Spain
6.45pm* Blake Collyer, Trevor Sluman, Christopher Guglielmo
6.56pm Daniel Gale, Luke Brown, Daniel Hebenstreit
7.40pm James Marchesani, Jens Fahrbring, Corbin Mills
7.29pm* Jarryd Felton, Tom Murray, Pedro Oriol
7.40pm* Tom Power Horan, Yannick Schuetz, Carson Roberts
7.56pm* John Lyras, Stuart Manley, Alexandre Petit
Desert Springs Golf Club, Almeria, Spain
6.55pm Deyen Lawson, Felix Palson, David Boote
7.15pm Lachlan Barker, Maxwell Martin, Philip Bootsma
7.35pm* Hayden Hopewell (a), Christofer Rahm, Mitch Waite
7.45pm* Braden Becker, Zachary Caldwell, Pedro Figueiredo
7.55pm Jack Thompson, Jimmy Keener, Anton Karlsson
Las Colinas Golf & Country Club, Alicante, Spain
7.07pm Kyle Michel, Robbie Busher, Philip Mattsson
7.40pm* Jordan Zunic, Alex Wrigley, Christopher Feldborg Nielsen
8.13pm Austin Bautista, Gary Stal, George Bloor
8.13pm* Jay Mackenzie, David Dixon, Maximilian Rottluff
8.35pm Connor McKinney (a), Dermot McElroy, Harry Ellis

Challenge Tour
Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final
Club de Golf Alcanada, Port d'Alcúdia, Mallorca, Spain
9.36pm Daniel Hillier (NZ), Oliver Hundeboll, Freddy Schott
Defending champion: Marcus Helligkilde
Past Aussie winners: Nil
Top Australasian prediction: Daniel Hillier

Champions Tour
TimberTech Championship
The Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club, Boca Raton, Florida
Australasians in the field: Steven Alker (NZ), Stuart Appleby, Mark Hensby, Rod Pampling
Defending champion: Steven Alker
Past Aussie winners: Nil
Top Aussie prediction: Rod Pampling

TV times: 10.32am-12pm Saturday, Sunday; 9.32am-11am Monday on Fox Sports 505.
*Not starting from first tee

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