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Hataoka Nabs Title In Rain Shortened Event


Japan’s Nasa Hataoka claimed her fourth tour title as rain washed out the final round of the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.

“Course conditions have not improved at the Marathon LPGA and it remains unplayable,” a tweet from the LPGA said. “Finishing the tournament tomorrow is not an option due to an unfavourab­le forecast. The tournament will be reduced to a 54 hole event with Nasa Hataoka as the winner!”

It would have taken Hataoka’s rivals some doing to catch the 22-year-old, who took a commanding six-shot lead into the scheduled final round with a 54hole total of 19-under 194.

She hit 17 of 18 fairways and rolled in eight birdies in her sevenunder 64 on Saturday, swelling the lead she had first seized with sparkling first-round 61, the lowest opening round score on the LPGA in almost seven years.

Hataoka’s 19-under total was a 54hole scoring record for the tournament, one stroke better than the 195 set three times by Pak Se-ri in 1998 and matched by Paula Creamer in 2008 and Yi Eunjung in 2009.

With inclement weather forecast, Sunday’s tee times were moved up but morning play was soon suspended, with organisers finally calling it quits in the late afternoon.

Hataoka, runner up to Yuka Saso in a playoff at the US Women’s Open, claimed her first title since the 2019 Kia Classic.

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