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Nasa Hataoka nabs second win of year in Arkansas

Field Level Media
27 Sep 2021, 06:19 GMT+10

Nasa Hataoka broke away from the pack early in Sunday's final round and held on to win the Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark.

The 22-year-old from Japan earned her fifth LPGA Tour title and her second since her runner-up finish in a playoff at the U.S. Women's Open in June.

Hataoka shot a 4-under 67 on the final day of the 54-hole event to finish at 16-under 197, one stroke better than Australia's Minjee Lee and South Korea's Eun-Hee Ji.

Hataoka and Lee entered Sunday as co-leaders, and the former shot ahead with five birdies on her first 11 holes. But a bogey on No. 13 pushed her a step back toward the field, and she would go on to shoot par on every remaining hole.

Lee crept up the leaderboard with birdies at Nos. 10, 14 and 17 but came up short with her 3-under 68.

Ji posted a 67 with an eagle at the par-5 14th hole, two birdies and no bogeys.

Danielle Kang and the Philippines' Yuka Saso posted 6-under 65s to tie for fourth at 14 under. Arkansas native Stacy Lewis (66) tied for sixth with South Korea's Jin Young Ko (67) at 12 under.

So Yeon Ryu of South Korea fired a 9-under 62 Sunday, the lowest round of the tournament. That lifted her into an eight-way tie for eighth at 11 under.

--Field Level Media

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