LPGA Tour

TOTO Japan Classic 2018

November 01-04

Seta Golf Club, Shiga, Japan

$1,500,000

November 01-04

Seta Golf Club, Shiga, Japan

$1,500,000

Round 3

Nasa Hataoka wins her second LPGA title of the season

November 04, 2018

Nasa Hataoka shot a 5-under 67 to win her second LPGA title of the season on Sunday. Hataoka started her round four strokes off the lead but overnight leader Minjee Lee was 7-over 43 at the turn while Hataoka played her opening nine in 4-under 36. Consecutive birdies at the 11th and 12th set her back leaving Carlota Ciganda with a chance but she recovered with birdies at the 13th and 14th.

"I realize something has to come to me and I had to get through it, and I knew it was at the 13th hole," said Hataoka. "I was not totally comfortable with the shot, but I was calm enough to play well on that hole."

 

Carlota Ciganda surely did her best to put pressure on Nasa Hataoka throughout Sunday’s final round. The Spaniard returned a bogey-free 68, never seeming to falter during her trip round Seta Golf Club. When Hataoka stumbled on the back nine, the steady Ciganda saw her name join Hataoka’s at the top of the leaderboard, but the Japanese teen was able to drop in two birdies over the closing holes to claim the victory.

“It’s golf and she played great,” said Ciganda. “Very happy for her to win in her country and many congratulations.”

The runner-up finish wraps up a successful Asian swing for Ciganda, who is not in the field for next week’s Blue Bay LPGA. She did not finish worse than 11th over the last four weeks, with her finish in Japan highlighting the schedule.

“I like playing in Asia and I think I’ve been very consistent every week,” said Ciganda, whose first of two LPGA victories came in the Republic of Korea in 2016. “I’ve been close many times. I just think I have to keep doing the same.”

 

It certainly was not a round to remember for second-round leader Minjee Lee. The Australian started the day with a three-stroke lead over her nearest competitor. She quickly derailed, carding back-to-back bogeys at Nos. 3 and 4. She tacked on double bogeys at holes 7 and 8, and closed out the front nine with another bogey at No. 9.

“I don't know, maybe a lot of brain farts in a row,” said Lee, who added a birdie on the back nine but ultimately fell into a tie for 15th at -7. “I didn't hit the shots that I wanted very solid, so obviously it didn't go the way I wanted.”

Player Notes

Rolex Rankings No. 16 Nasa Hataoka (66-69-67, -14)

Hataoka was playing in her second TOTO Japan Classic; she finished T33 in her debut in 2017

She hit 10 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens, with 28 putts

This was Hataoka’s 23rd event of the 2018 season; she won the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G and has eight other top-10 finishes, including a playoff loss at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

Hataoka is the fourth multiple winner of the 2018 LPGA Tour season, joining Ariya Jutanugarn (three wins), Sung Hyun Park (three wins) and Brooke Henderson (two wins)

Hataoka is the sixth player of the 2018 season to win in her home country, joining Marina Alex (USA), In Gee Chun (Republic of Korea), Georgia Hall (England), Brooke Henderson (Canada) and Annie Park (USA)

Rolex Rankings No. 87 Momoko Ueda (69-67-68, -12)

Ueda was playing in her 11th TOTO Japan Classic; she won in 2007 and 2011 and has two other top-10 finishes

She hit 9 of 14 fairways and 8 of 18 greens, with 22 putts

Ueda plays full-time on the JLPGA Tour; this was her 28th event of the 2018 season, with a best finish of second at the Yonex Ladies Golf Tournament

Ueda held LPGA Membership from 2008 to 2013

Rolex Rankings No. 21 Carlota Ciganda (68-68-68, -12)

Ciganda was playing in her first TOTO Japan Classic

She hit 9 of 14 fairways and 16 of 18 greens, with 30 putts

This was Ciganda’s 24th event of the 2018 season; she has seven top-10 finishes, with a runner-up showing at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic

Rolex Rankings No. 141 Saki Nagamine (68-68-68, -12)

Nagamine was playing in her second TOTO Japan Classic; she finished T65 in 2016

She hit 12 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens, with 29 putts

Nagamine plays full-time on the JLPGA Tour; this was her 33rd event of the 2018 season, with a win at the Fujisankei Ladies Classic

Quick hits

Megan Khang and Jennifer Song (T11) were the leading American players

The top 10 comprised three countries – Japan, Spain and the Republic of Korea

Two-time defending champion Shanshan Feng finished T30 at -4

CME Group Cares Weekends eagles

CME Group Cares Weekends is a season-long charitable giving program that turns eagles into donations. For each eagle recorded during weekend play (Saturday and Sunday) throughout the 2018 LPGA Tour season, CME Group donates $1,000 to the program’s total donation count. At the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship, the stakes are even higher, as the donation has been raised to a generous $5,000 per eagle. The money raised will go toward a charitable pool and be split evenly between Wounded Warrior Project® and Bright Pink®.

The weekend at the TOTO Japan Classic did not have any eagles. Overall, the program has raised $284,000 in 2018.

Pos.
Player
Scores
Total
To Par
Prize Money
1
Nasa Hataoka
66 - 69 - 67
202
-14
$225,000
T2
Momoko Ueda
69 - 67 - 68
204
-12
$104,348
T2
Carlota Ciganda
68 - 68 - 68
204
-12
$104,348
T2
Saki Nagamine
68 - 68 - 68
204
-12
$104,348
T5
Jin Young Ko
68 - 71 - 66
205
-11
$56,215
T5
Ji-Hee Lee
69 - 68 - 68
205
-11
$56,215
7
Amy Yang
70 - 67 - 69
206
-10
$42,349
T8
Jae-Eun Chung
71 - 65 - 71
207
-9
$33,605
T8
In-Kyung Kim
66 - 70 - 71
207
-9
$33,605
T8
Sakura Koiwai
68 - 66 - 73
207
-9
$33,605
T11
Megan Khang
71 - 70 - 67
208
-8
$25,502
T11
Jennifer Song
71 - 67 - 70
208
-8
$25,502
T11
So Yeon Ryu
65 - 73 - 70
208
-8
$25,502
T11
Jiyai Shin
66 - 69 - 73
208
-8
$25,502
T15
Yu Liu
72 - 69 - 68
209
-7
$20,087
T15
Charley Hull
69 - 69 - 71
209
-7
$20,087
T15
Hee-Kyung Bae
69 - 67 - 73
209
-7
$20,087
T15
Minjee Lee
67 - 64 - 78
209
-7
$20,087
T19
Marina Alex
71 - 71 - 68
210
-6
$16,640
T19
Ariya Jutanugarn
70 - 71 - 69
210
-6
$16,640
T19
Mami Fukuda
69 - 71 - 70
210
-6
$16,640
T19
Nelly Korda
70 - 69 - 71
210
-6
$16,640
T19
Lexi Thompson
69 - 69 - 72
210
-6
$16,640
T24
Wei-Ling Hsu
73 - 72 - 66
211
-5
$13,529
T24
Eun-Hee Ji
71 - 72 - 68
211
-5
$13,529
T24
In Gee Chun
71 - 71 - 69
211
-5
$13,529
T24
Jacqui Concolino
70 - 72 - 69
211
-5
$13,529
T24
Lizette Salas
68 - 71 - 72
211
-5
$13,529
T24
Teresa Lu
68 - 70 - 73
211
-5
$13,529
T30
Azahara Munoz
74 - 70 - 68
212
-4
$11,093
T30
Minami Katsu
72 - 72 - 68
212
-4
$11,093
T30
Rei Matsuda
72 - 71 - 69
212
-4
$11,093
T30
Shanshan Feng
69 - 71 - 72
212
-4
$11,093
T34
Mi-Jeong Jeon
71 - 72 - 70
213
-3
$8,855
T34
Sun-Ju Ahn
70 - 73 - 70
213
-3
$8,855
T34
Eri Okayama
71 - 71 - 71
213
-3
$8,855
T34
Jenny Shin
68 - 74 - 71
213
-3
$8,855
T34
Mamiko Higa
73 - 68 - 72
213
-3
$8,855
T34
Sei Young Kim
67 - 74 - 72
213
-3
$8,855
T34
Mo Martin
69 - 70 - 74
213
-3
$8,855
T41
Caroline Masson
70 - 73 - 71
214
-2
$6,911
T41
Anna Nordqvist
72 - 70 - 72
214
-2
$6,911
T41
Danielle Kang
69 - 73 - 72
214
-2
$6,911
T41
Shoko Sasaki
70 - 71 - 73
214
-2
$6,911
T41
Brooke M. Henderson
69 - 72 - 73
214
-2
$6,911
T46
Lydia Ko
73 - 74 - 68
215
-1
$5,415
T46
Thidapa Suwannapura
73 - 72 - 70
215
-1
$5,415
T46
Annie Park
71 - 74 - 70
215
-1
$5,415
T46
Brittany Altomare
75 - 69 - 71
215
-1
$5,415
T46
Phoebe Yao
72 - 71 - 72
215
-1
$5,415
T46
Rumi Yoshiba
71 - 72 - 72
215
-1
$5,415
T46
Chae-Young Yoon
74 - 67 - 74
215
-1
$5,415
T46
Angela Stanford
71 - 70 - 74
215
-1
$5,415
T54
Kana Nagai
69 - 75 - 72
216
E
$4,272
T54
Lindy Duncan
73 - 69 - 74
216
E
$4,272
T54
Haruka Morita-WanyaoLu
71 - 71 - 74
216
E
$4,272
T54
Ah-Reum Hwang
72 - 69 - 75
216
E
$4,272
T54
Hina Arakaki
69 - 72 - 75
216
E
$4,272
T54
Angel Yin
68 - 73 - 75
216
E
$4,272
T60
Misuzu Narita
72 - 75 - 70
217
1
$3,598
T60
Chie Arimura
74 - 71 - 72
217
1
$3,598
T60
Ai Suzuki
73 - 70 - 74
217
1
$3,598
T60
Hyo Joo Kim
71 - 72 - 74
217
1
$3,598
T60
Miki Sakai
71 - 71 - 75
217
1
$3,598
T65
Hiroko Azuma
74 - 74 - 70
218
2
$3,298
T65
Sarah Jane Smith
72 - 72 - 74
218
2
$3,298
T65
Serena Aoki
70 - 72 - 76
218
2
$3,298
T68
Ryann O'Toole
72 - 76 - 71
219
3
$3,045
T68
Emma Talley
72 - 74 - 73
219
3
$3,045
T68
Asako Fujimoto
72 - 72 - 75
219
3
$3,045
T68
Pernilla Lindberg
71 - 69 - 79
219
3
$3,045
T72
Min-Young Lee
73 - 73 - 74
220
4
$2,904
T72
Sandra Gal
71 - 72 - 77
220
4
$2,904
74
Lala Anai
74 - 73 - 74
221
5
$2,848
T75
Kaori Ohe
69 - 77 - 76
222
6
$2,796
T75
Erika Kikuchi
71 - 74 - 77
222
6
$2,796
77
Mayu Hamada
73 - 75 - 76
224
8
$2,743
78
Pornanong Phatlum
77 - 75 - 75
227
11
$2,708
Pos.
Player
Scores
Total
To Par
1
Nasa Hataoka
66 - 69 - 67
202
-14
T2
Momoko Ueda
69 - 67 - 68
204
-12
T2
Carlota Ciganda
68 - 68 - 68
204
-12
T2
Saki Nagamine
68 - 68 - 68
204
-12
T5
Jin Young Ko
68 - 71 - 66
205
-11
T5
Ji-Hee Lee
69 - 68 - 68
205
-11
7
Amy Yang
70 - 67 - 69
206
-10
T8
Jae-Eun Chung
71 - 65 - 71
207
-9
T8
In-Kyung Kim
66 - 70 - 71
207
-9
T8
Sakura Koiwai
68 - 66 - 73
207
-9
T11
Megan Khang
71 - 70 - 67
208
-8
T11
Jennifer Song
71 - 67 - 70
208
-8
T11
So Yeon Ryu
65 - 73 - 70
208
-8
T11
Jiyai Shin
66 - 69 - 73
208
-8
T15
Yu Liu
72 - 69 - 68
209
-7
T15
Charley Hull
69 - 69 - 71
209
-7
T15
Hee-Kyung Bae
69 - 67 - 73
209
-7
T15
Minjee Lee
67 - 64 - 78
209
-7
T19
Marina Alex
71 - 71 - 68
210
-6
T19
Ariya Jutanugarn
70 - 71 - 69
210
-6
T19
Mami Fukuda
69 - 71 - 70
210
-6
T19
Nelly Korda
70 - 69 - 71
210
-6
T19
Lexi Thompson
69 - 69 - 72
210
-6
T24
Wei-Ling Hsu
73 - 72 - 66
211
-5
T24
Eun-Hee Ji
71 - 72 - 68
211
-5
T24
In Gee Chun
71 - 71 - 69
211
-5
T24
Jacqui Concolino
70 - 72 - 69
211
-5
T24
Lizette Salas
68 - 71 - 72
211
-5
T24
Teresa Lu
68 - 70 - 73
211
-5
T30
Azahara Munoz
74 - 70 - 68
212
-4
T30
Minami Katsu
72 - 72 - 68
212
-4
T30
Rei Matsuda
72 - 71 - 69
212
-4
T30
Shanshan Feng
69 - 71 - 72
212
-4
T34
Mi-Jeong Jeon
71 - 72 - 70
213
-3
T34
Sun-Ju Ahn
70 - 73 - 70
213
-3
T34
Eri Okayama
71 - 71 - 71
213
-3
T34
Jenny Shin
68 - 74 - 71
213
-3
T34
Mamiko Higa
73 - 68 - 72
213
-3
T34
Sei Young Kim
67 - 74 - 72
213
-3
T34
Mo Martin
69 - 70 - 74
213
-3
T41
Caroline Masson
70 - 73 - 71
214
-2
T41
Anna Nordqvist
72 - 70 - 72
214
-2
T41
Danielle Kang
69 - 73 - 72
214
-2
T41
Shoko Sasaki
70 - 71 - 73
214
-2
T41
Brooke M. Henderson
69 - 72 - 73
214
-2
T46
Lydia Ko
73 - 74 - 68
215
-1
T46
Thidapa Suwannapura
73 - 72 - 70
215
-1
T46
Annie Park
71 - 74 - 70
215
-1
T46
Brittany Altomare
75 - 69 - 71
215
-1
T46
Phoebe Yao
72 - 71 - 72
215
-1
T46
Rumi Yoshiba
71 - 72 - 72
215
-1
T46
Chae-Young Yoon
74 - 67 - 74
215
-1
T46
Angela Stanford
71 - 70 - 74
215
-1
T54
Kana Nagai
69 - 75 - 72
216
E
T54
Lindy Duncan
73 - 69 - 74
216
E
T54
Haruka Morita-WanyaoLu
71 - 71 - 74
216
E
T54
Ah-Reum Hwang
72 - 69 - 75
216
E
T54
Hina Arakaki
69 - 72 - 75
216
E
T54
Angel Yin
68 - 73 - 75
216
E
T60
Misuzu Narita
72 - 75 - 70
217
1
T60
Chie Arimura
74 - 71 - 72
217
1
T60
Ai Suzuki
73 - 70 - 74
217
1
T60
Hyo Joo Kim
71 - 72 - 74
217
1
T60
Miki Sakai
71 - 71 - 75
217
1
T65
Hiroko Azuma
74 - 74 - 70
218
2
T65
Sarah Jane Smith
72 - 72 - 74
218
2
T65
Serena Aoki
70 - 72 - 76
218
2
T68
Ryann O'Toole
72 - 76 - 71
219
3
T68
Emma Talley
72 - 74 - 73
219
3
T68
Asako Fujimoto
72 - 72 - 75
219
3
T68
Pernilla Lindberg
71 - 69 - 79
219
3
T72
Min-Young Lee
73 - 73 - 74
220
4
T72
Sandra Gal
71 - 72 - 77
220
4
74
Lala Anai
74 - 73 - 74
221
5
T75
Kaori Ohe
69 - 77 - 76
222
6
T75
Erika Kikuchi
71 - 74 - 77
222
6
77
Mayu Hamada
73 - 75 - 76
224
8
78
Pornanong Phatlum
77 - 75 - 75
227
11