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Marina Alex & Nasa Hataoka tied at 7-under
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February 4, 2022
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LPGA Drive On 2022 R1
February 03-05
Crown Colony G&CC, Fort Myers, Florida
Round 2, Round 3

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Japan’s Nasa Hataoka and American Marina Alex lead after the first round of the LPGA Drive On Championship after carding 7-under 65s. Hataoka, who started on the back nine, made eight birdies, with seven of them coming after her lone bogey on the 13th.

LPGA Drive On 2022 R1

“Not the best bogey I could have, but it wasn't something technical. It was more of a misjudge on my club, reading with the wind. I was able to handle that,” said Hataoka. “I was putting really well. I was able to read the green and green speed and with the routine that helped me a lot, which resulted in a good stroke today.”

LPGA Drive On 2022 R1

Hataoka has a strong track record at 54-hole events, she won four of her titles in them, including the last two at the 2021 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship and the Dana Open, when the fourth round was washed out due to rain.

“Three-day tournaments, yes, I have a good image of it, so hopefully I can play two more good rounds.”

LPGA Drive On 2022 R1

Alex posted her first bogey-free round since the 2021 Pelican Women’s Championship. Her 65 is her lowest 18-hole score since a 64 in the third round of the 2019 Indy Women in Tech Championship, where she finished third.

“I really putted nicely today. The first couple holes were kind of tough just getting used to the wind and figuring out, you know, how far everything was playing,” said Alex. “I made a really good save on -- I want to say it was No.4 I think it was, long par-4. I really miss-clubbed myself off the tee and was way back and then had like a 3-wood in. Made a good up and down to keep some good momentum going.”

She recorded five-straight birdies from the 9th to the 13th, which ties her longest consecutive birdie streak, last made during the first round of her win at the 2018 Cambia Portland Classic. The site of her maiden win on Tour was also the last time Alex held the lead/co-lead after 18-holes.

“54-hole events are always kind of important to have a good start because you have that one less day to possibly make up ground if you're a little bit behind. So I've had some good success in 54-hole events in the past. I'm excited for the next two days, and just see what happens. I played a really great round of golf today, so I have to anticipate there might be a little bit of some up and downs along the way. But that doesn't mean I can't have a great week out here.”

Alex posted her first bogey-free round since the 2021 Pelican Women’s Championship. Her 65 is her lowest 18-hole score since a 64 in the third round of the 2019 Indy Women in Tech Championship, where she finished third.

Sweden's Linnea Johansson shot her career-best score to sit in a tie for third at 6-under alongside Ireland's Leona Maguire and Thailand's Patty Tavatanakit .

Six players sit in a tie for sixth at 5-under, including England's Bronte Law and Charley Hull.

American Jessica Korda withdrew after six holes during the first round, and later revealed on social media that it was due to a sprain in her ribs with intercoastal muscle strain.

Pos.PlayerTo ParTotal
T1Marina Alex-765
T1Nasa Hataoka-765
T3Patty Tavatanakit-666
T3Linnea Johansson-666
T3Leona Maguire-666
T6Maude-Aimee Leblanc-567
T6Bronte Law-567
T6Charley Hull-567
T6Madelene Sagstrom-567
T6Jeongeun Lee6-567
T6Caroline Masson-567
T12Yaeeun Hong-468
T12Stacy Lewis-468
T12Su Oh-468
T12Megan Khang-468
T12Nanna Koerstz Madsen-468
T12Ryann O'Toole-468
T12Brittany Altomare-468
T12Xiyu Janet Lin-468
T12Hee Young Park-468
T12Giulia Molinaro-468
T22Dewi Weber-369
T22Marissa Steen-369
T22Jasmine Suwannapura-369
T22Annie Park-369
T22Sophia Schubert-369
T22Pernilla Lindberg-369
T22Sarah Schmelzel-369
T22Anna Nordqvist-369
T22Lexi Thompson-369
T22Ally Ewing-369
T22Ana Belac-369
T22Alison Lee-369
T34Rachel Rohanna-270
T34Allisen Corpuz-270
T34Austin Ernst-270
T34Inbee Park-270
T34In Gee Chun-270
T34Ayaka Furue-270
T34Amy Olson-270
T34Georgia Hall-270
T34Jennifer Chang-270
T34Jeongeun Lee-270
T34Bianca Pagdanganan-270
T34Pauline Roussin-Bouchard-270
T34Cydney Clanton-270
T34Celine Boutier-270
T34Amy Yang-270
T34Pajaree Anannarukarn-270
T34Cheyenne Knight-270
T51Isi Gabsa-171
T51Hye-Jin Choi-171
T51Paula Reto-171
T51Brooke M. Henderson-171
T51Cristie Kerr-171
T51Ruixin Liu-171
T51Lindsey Weaver-Wright-171
T51Andrea Lee-171
T51Na Rin An-171
T51Lilia Vu-171
T51Atthaya Thitikul-171
T51Kelly Tan-171
T63Janie JacksonPar72
T63Emily Kristine PedersenPar72
T63Frida KinhultPar72
T63Katherine Perry-HamskiPar72
T63Aditi AshokPar72
T63Katherine KirkPar72
T63Ariya JutanugarnPar72
T63Moriya JutanugarnPar72
T63Nelly KordaPar72
T63Mina HarigaePar72
T63Haeji KangPar72
T63Carlota CigandaPar72
T63Wichanee MeechaiPar72
T63Gemma DryburghPar72
T63Agathe LaisnePar72
T63Jodi Ewart ShadoffPar72
T63A Lim KimPar72
T63Lauren StephensonPar72
T63Dana FinkelsteinPar72
T63Jenny ColemanPar72
T63Mirim LeePar72
T63Ashleigh BuhaiPar72
T85Yu Liu+173
T85Brittany Lang+173
T85Perrine Delacour+173
T85Brittany Lincicome+173
T85Gaby Lopez+173
T85Lauren Coughlin+173
T85Stephanie Meadow+173
T85Albane Valenzuela+173
T85Pornanong Phatlum+173
T85Alana Uriell+173
T95Peiyun Chien+274
T95Gerina Michelle Mendoza+274
T95Yealimi Noh+274
T95Sarah Kemp+274
T95Allison Emrey+274
T95Fatima Fernandez Cano+274
T95Sophia Popov+274
T95Jenny Shin+274
T95Esther Henseleit+274
T95Jennifer Kupcho+274
T95Muni He+274
T106Maria Fassi+375
T106Laura Davies+375
T106Mel Reid+375
T106Christina Kim+375
T106Morgane Metraux+375
T111Amanda Doherty+476
T111Jaye Marie Green+476
T111Jennifer Song+476
T111Lauren Kim+476
T115Casey Danielson+577
T115Yuka Saso+577
T115Angela Stanford+577
118Na Yeon Choi+779
119Angel Yin+981
WDJessica Korda

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