Her 2007 successes—being the youngest Japanese golfer to top the JLPGA money list and winning the Mizuno Classic, which qualified her for the LPGA tour—helped her break out onto the international scene. She went on to represent Japan in the Golf World Cup and played at St. Andrews, all in the same year.
How is Momoko doing today? Although she did not have the impact of fellow countrywoman Ai Miyazato in her rookie season on the LPGA tour, Ueda is renowned for her focus, drive and ambition. We caught up with her between tournaments in the USA.