Marathon LPGA Classic R1

Nasa Hataoka takes lead with 61 in Ohio

Marathon Classic 2021 R1
July 08-11
Highland Meadows Golf Club, Sylvania, Ohio
$2,000,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

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Nasa Hataoka was on brilliant form at Highland Meadows on Thursday. She fired ten birdies, six of them consecutively, for a career-low 61 to take the lead at 10-under.


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Her previous lowest round of 63 was in the third round of the 2018 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, where she became a Rolex first-time winner.

“I didn’t feel any pressure on myself or didn’t feel way good. Everything was just right at the center, so I guess I would say it was the zone, yes. I was able to control everything .”


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Her four-stroke lead is the largest first round lead since Tiffany Joh’s at the 2018 Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open.

Hataoka’s is the lowest opening-round score on the LPGA since Hyo Joo Kim shot a 61 in the first round of the 2014 Evian Masters. She missed the tournament record of 60 set by Paula Creamer in 2008 by one shot.

“When I had my ninth birdie, it kind of did come to my mind, ” said Hataoka of carding a 59. “ But then after I only having two holes (to go), I just thought how great Annika (Sorenstam) was more than me getting it.”


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Lauren Stephenson fired a bogey-free 65 to take second place, tying her lowest round of the year.

“I really like this golf course. I knew I wanted to take last week in Dallas off and be ready for this week because I feel like it sets up well for my game. I love the small greens and tree-lined fairways. I really enjoy it, and I feel like it sets up well for me. And then not having the fans last year, it’s really nice to have everyone back. ”


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Last week’s runner-up Matilda Castren and Ariya Jutanugarn are part of a five-way tie for third place at 5-under.

Defending champion Danielle Kang carded a 70 and is tied for 44th.

Marathon Classic 2021 R1

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Nasa Hataoka
-10
61
2
Lauren Stephenson
-6
65
T3
Matilda Castren
-5
66
T3
Mina Harigae
-5
66
T3
Ariya Jutanugarn
-5
66
T3
Yealimi Noh
-5
66
T3
Ssu-Chia Cheng
-5
66
T8
Mirim Lee
-4
67
T8
Amy Yang
-4
67
T8
Jennifer Song
-4
67
T8
Brittany Lincicome
-4
67
T8
Alison Lee
-4
67
T8
Elizabeth Szokol
-4
67
T14
Katherine Perry-Hamski
-3
68
T14
Megan Khang
-3
68
T14
Stacy Lewis
-3
68
T14
Jasmine Suwannapura
-3
68
T14
A Lim Kim
-3
68
T14
Brianna Do
-3
68
T14
Lauren Coughlin
-3
68
T14
Min Lee
-3
68
T14
Cristie Kerr
-3
68
T14
Chella Choi
-3
68
T14
Linnea Strom
-3
68
T14
Caroline Masson
-3
68
T14
Christina Kim
-3
68
T27
Ana Belac
-2
69
T27
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-2
69
T27
Gerina Piller
-2
69
T27
Jennifer Kupcho
-2
69
T27
Cheyenne Knight
-2
69
T27
Austin Ernst
-2
69
T27
Paula Creamer
-2
69
T27
Pornanong Phatlum
-2
69
T27
Liz Nagel
-2
69
T27
Rachel Heck (a)
-2
69
T27
Perrine Delacour
-2
69
T27
Leona Maguire
-2
69
T27
Brittany Altomare
-2
69
T27
Mel Reid
-2
69
T27
Su Oh
-2
69
T27
Kristen Gillman
-2
69
T27
Azahara Munoz
-2
69
T44
Vicky Hurst
-1
70
T44
Carlota Ciganda
-1
70
T44
Brooke M. Henderson
-1
70
T44
Jessica Korda
-1
70
T44
Sophia Popov
-1
70
T44
Moriya Jutanugarn
-1
70
T44
Lauren Kim
-1
70
T44
Alana Uriell
-1
70
T44
Lindy Duncan
-1
70
T44
Sarah Burnham
-1
70
T44
Gemma Dryburgh
-1
70
T44
Lee Lopez
-1
70
T44
Sarah Jane Smith
-1
70
T44
Danielle Kang
-1
70
T44
Sarah Kemp
-1
70
T44
Esther Henseleit
-1
70
T44
Jackie Stoelting
-1
70
T44
Muni He
-1
70
T44
Mo Martin
-1
70
T44
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-1
70
T44
Caroline Inglis
-1
70
T65
Aditi Ashok
E
71
T65
Haeji Kang
E
71
T65
Bianca Pagdanganan
E
71
T65
Yuka Saso
E
71
T65
Sarah Schmelzel
E
71
T65
Angel Yin
E
71
T65
Albane Valenzuela
E
71
T65
Jaye Marie Green
E
71
T65
Marissa Steen
E
71
T65
Jaravee Boonchant
E
71
T65
Jacqui Concolino
E
71
T65
Maria Fassi
E
71
T65
Katherine Kirk
E
71
T65
Inbee Park
E
71
T65
Celine Boutier
E
71
T65
Wei-Ling Hsu
E
71
T65
Jenny Coleman
E
71
T65
Cydney Clanton
E
71
T65
Jeongeun Lee
E
71
T65
Andrea Lee
E
71
T65
Dottie Ardina
E
71
T86
Yujeong Son
+1
72
T86
Kris Tamulis
+1
72
T86
Jennifer Chang
+1
72
T86
Min Seo Kwak
+1
72
T86
Amy Olson
+1
72
T86
Jing Yan
+1
72
T86
Peiyun Chien
+1
72
T86
Mi Hyang Lee
+1
72
T86
Valentina Haupt
+1
72
T86
Maia Schechter
+1
72
T86
Katelyn Dambaugh
+1
72
T86
Dana Finkelstein
+1
72
T86
Kristy McPherson
+1
72
T86
So Yeon Ryu
+1
72
T86
In Kyung Kim
+1
72
T86
Alena Sharp
+1
72
T86
Celine Herbin
+1
72
T86
Haley Moore
+1
72
T86
Mariah Stackhouse
+1
72
T105
Benyapa Niphatsophon
+2
73
T105
Pavarisa Yoktuan
+2
73
T105
Brittany Lang
+2
73
T105
Yu Liu
+2
73
T105
Emma Talley
+2
73
T105
Tiffany Joh
+2
73
T105
Sydnee Michaels
+2
73
T105
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
+2
73
T105
Bronte Law
+2
73
T105
Ashleigh Buhai
+2
73
T105
Wichanee Meechai
+2
73
T105
Paula Reto
+2
73
T117
Daniela Darquea
+3
74
T117
Jillian Hollis
+3
74
T117
Stephanie Meadow
+3
74
T117
Luna Sobron Galmes
+3
74
T117
Ashli Bunch
+3
74
T117
Linnea Johansson
+3
74
T117
Pernilla Lindberg
+3
74
T117
Louise Ridderstrom
+3
74
T125
Klara Spilkova
+4
75
T125
Nuria Iturrioz
+4
75
T125
Mind Muangkhumsakul
+4
75
T125
Giulia Molinaro
+4
75
T125
Janie Jackson
+4
75
T130
Natalie Gulbis
+5
76
T130
Dani Holmqvist
+5
76
T130
Ayako Uehara
+5
76
T130
Mariajo Uribe
+5
76
T130
Kendall Dye
+5
76
T130
Maria Fernanda Torres
+5
76
T130
Esther Lee
+5
76
T137
Jaclyn Lee
+6
77
T137
Suzuka Yamaguchi
+6
77
T137
Kyung Kim
+6
77
T137
Na Yeon Choi
+6
77
141
Katherine MacKenzie Hollern
+7
78
142
Kris Tschetter
+8
79
143
Kelly Tan
+9
80
144
Kennedy Swann (a)
+10
81
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