ShopRite LPGA Classic R2

Nasa Hataoka tops the leaderboard

October 01-04
Seaview, Bay Course, Galloway, New Jersey
$1,300,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4




Three-time LPGA Tour champion Nasa Hataoka launched to the top of the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer leaderboard with a second-round 67 on the Bay Course at Seaview, A Dolce Hotel. Her 36-hole score of 131 is the second lowest of her career, bested only by a 129 in the 2018 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G (which she won).


“I wasn’t striking the ball as well as yesterday, but I was able to convert birdie chances where I wanted to and that was good,” said Hataoka. “Today wasn’t about making long putts; it was more converting the small chances I had.”

The 21-year-old had only one blemish on the scorecard, a bogey on No. 2 following a birdie to open her round. She rebounded with four more birdies, including a three-foot putt at No. 18 after nearly chipping in from the fairway. Hataoka is looking to become the second Japanese player to win the ShopRite LPGA Classic, joining 2010 champion Ai Miyazato . She is 10-under par overall at the halfway point in Galloway, N.J.



“I looked up to her,” Hataoka said. “She was a player, I felt like, that played mostly in the U.S. instead of Japan. She obviously won here, and I feel like maybe this will be a chance for another Japanese player to win this tournament.”

Heading into the weekend, Hataoka holds a one-shot advantage over 18-hole co-leader Mi Hyang Lee, who shot a 2-under par 69 in cooler morning conditions on day two, and Mel Reid, who fired the round of the day with a bogey-free 64. 


“Actually was a little chilly this morning,” said Lee. “It was less wind as yesterday, so it was easier to get the second shot to hit the green on par-5s. It was really chilly in the morning, so my distance was a little shorter than normal. But it was all good.”

Celine Boutier and Amy Olson hold down the fort in a tie for fourth position at -9. A total of four players sit at -8 including the most recent LPGA Tour winner, Georgia Hall .

“I took that confidence from a couple weeks ago and my game is in good shape,” Hall said after a second straight 4-under 67. “I’ve stayed really relaxed and enjoyed it. The pins were slightly trickier today. Let’s see what I can do on the weekend.”



Four individuals are four shots back at 7-under par overall. Defending champion Lexi Thompson will play the weekend to continue her ShopRite LPGA Classic defense in a tie for 36th at -3 following a 1-over 72. A total of 76 players made the cut at even. Notables to miss the weekend include past ShopRite LPGA Classic champions Brittany Lincicome and Angela Stanford , 2020 ANA Inspiration winner Mirim Lee and 20-time LPGA Tour champion Inbee Park.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Nasa Hataoka
-11
64
67
131
T2
Mi Hyang Lee
-10
63
69
132
T2
Mel Reid
-10
68
64
132
T4
Celine Boutier
-9
68
65
133
T4
Amy Olson
-9
67
66
133
T6
Georgia Hall
-8
67
67
134
T6
Christina Kim
-8
69
65
134
T6
Jennifer Kupcho
-8
69
65
134
T6
Jennifer Song
-8
65
69
134
T10
In Gee Chun
-7
68
67
135
T10
Katherine Kirk
-7
66
69
135
T10
Ryann O’Toole
-7
64
71
135
T10
Anne van Dam
-7
67
68
135
T14
Yu Liu
-6
68
68
136
T14
Ally McDonald
-6
69
67
136
T14
Jenny Shin
-6
66
70
136
T17
Brittany Altomare
-5
66
71
137
T17
Ashleigh Buhai
-5
66
71
137
T17
Matilda Castren
-5
68
69
137
T17
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-5
68
69
137
T17
Kristen Gillman
-5
67
70
137
T17
Moriya Jutanugarn
-5
67
70
137
T17
Haeji Kang
-5
68
69
137
T17
Brittany Lang
-5
68
69
137
T17
Gaby Lopez
-5
72
65
137
T17
Sophia Popov
-5
69
68
137
T17
Linnea Strom
-5
69
68
137
T17
Emma Talley
-5
70
67
137
T17
Kelly Tan
-5
68
69
137
T30
Mina Harigae
-4
68
70
138
T30
Brooke M. Henderson
-4
68
70
138
T30
Nelly Korda
-4
68
70
138
T30
Sung Hyun Park
-4
72
66
138
T30
Alena Sharp
-4
72
66
138
T30
Lauren Stephenson
-4
63
75
138
T36
Austin Ernst
-3
68
71
139
T36
Cristie Kerr
-3
72
67
139
T36
Megan Khang
-3
69
70
139
T36
Jessica Korda
-3
68
71
139
T36
Minjee Lee
-3
70
69
139
T36
Xiyu Lin
-3
70
69
139
T36
Yealimi Noh
-3
69
70
139
T36
Charlotte Thomas
-3
69
70
139
T36
Lexi Thompson
-3
67
72
139
T45
Cydney Clanton
-2
67
73
140
T45
Lindy Duncan
-2
66
74
140
T45
Tiffany Joh
-2
70
70
140
T45
Yui Kawamoto
-2
70
70
140
T45
Sei Young Kim
-2
69
71
140
T45
Stacy Lewis
-2
70
70
140
T45
Leona Maguire
-2
71
69
140
T45
Hee Young Park
-2
67
73
140
T45
Pornanong Phatlum
-2
67
73
140
T45
Hinako Shibuno
-2
68
72
140
T55
Nicole Broch Larsen
-1
70
71
141
T55
Tiffany Chan
-1
71
70
141
T55
Na Yeon Choi
-1
72
69
141
T55
Maria Fassi
-1
70
71
141
T55
Andrea Lee
-1
71
70
141
T55
Pernilla Lindberg
-1
69
72
141
T55
Anna Nordqvist
-1
72
69
141
T55
Gerina Piller
-1
68
73
141
T55
Lizette Salas
-1
69
72
141
T55
Elizabeth Szokol
-1
71
70
141
T65
Pajaree Anannarukarn
E
70
72
142
T65
Carlota Ciganda
E
72
70
142
T65
Dana Finkelstein
E
69
73
142
T65
Hannah Green
E
73
69
142
T65
Cheyenne Knight
E
73
69
142
T65
Min Seo Kwak
E
69
73
142
T65
Stephanie Meadow
E
70
72
142
T65
Annie Park
E
70
72
142
T65
Sarah Schmelzel
E
70
72
142
T65
Ayako Uehara
E
71
71
142
T65
Albane Valenzuela
E
73
69
142
T65
Lindsey Weaver
E
71
71
142
CUT
Jeong Eun Lee
1
68
75
143
CUT
Muni He
1
70
73
143
CUT
Sarah Kemp
1
70
73
143
CUT
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
1
71
72
143
CUT
Brittany Lincicome
1
76
67
143
CUT
Liz Nagel
1
69
74
143
CUT
Sarah Jane Smith
1
67
76
143
CUT
Klara Spilkova
1
71
72
143
CUT
Mariah Stackhouse
1
72
71
143
CUT
Patty Tavatanakit
1
66
77
143
CUT
Charley Hull
2
74
70
144
CUT
Jiwon Jeon
2
68
76
144
CUT
Su Oh
2
72
72
144
CUT
Inbee Park
2
73
71
144
CUT
Louise Ridderstrom
2
71
73
144
CUT
Sarah Burnham
3
72
73
145
CUT
Jennifer Chang
3
73
72
145
CUT
Chella Choi
3
71
74
145
CUT
Jenny Coleman
3
75
70
145
CUT
Maria Fernanda Torres
3
71
74
145
CUT
Sandra Gal
3
73
72
145
CUT
Caroline Hedwall
3
77
68
145
CUT
Esther Lee
3
68
77
145
CUT
Mirim Lee
3
73
72
145
CUT
Angela Stanford
3
70
75
145
CUT
Jaye Marie Green
4
74
72
146
CUT
Bronte Law
4
73
73
146
CUT
Haru Nomura
4
73
73
146
CUT
Brynn Walker (a)
4
73
73
146
CUT
Megha Ganne (a)
5
73
74
147
CUT
Wichanee Meechai
5
73
74
147
CUT
Morgan Pressel
5
75
72
147
CUT
Ariya Jutanugarn
6
70
78
148
CUT
Madelene Sagstrom
6
74
74
148
CUT
Jing Yan
6
72
76
148
CUT
Haley Moore
7
76
73
149
CUT
Maia Schechter
7
78
71
149
CUT
Perrine Delacour
8
76
74
150
CUT
Julieta Granada
8
74
76
150
CUT
Natalie Gulbis
8
75
75
150
CUT
Suzuka Yamaguchi
8
75
75
150
CUT
Laura Davies
10
75
77
152
CUT
Giulia Molinaro
11
76
77
153
CUT
Jillian Hollis
12
75
79
154
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