Walmart NW Arkansas Championship R2

Lee and Hataoka tied for lead in Arkansas

NW Arkansas 2021 R2
September 24-26
Pinnacle Country Club, Rogers, Arkansas
$2,300,000
Round 1, Round 3

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Minjee Lee of Australia and Japan’s Nasa Hataoka are tied at the top the leaderboard at 12-under at Pinnacle Country Club. Lee, the only player to remain bogey-free through the first 36 holes, carded her career-low score with a second-round 63, firing seven birdies in her first 10 holes.


NW Arkansas 2021 R2

“I was seeing really good lines, like the breaks on those putts, so I could really trust that I had the right line to have the right speed,” said Lee. “I was just stroking it nice and it was really nice to see it go in. Just trying to ride momentum.

“It’s pretty soft so you can be pretty aggressive at the pins. As long as your putter is hot, I think you’re going to have a chance.”

With a win on Sunday Lee would be the first Australian since Hannah Green in 2019 to have a multiple-win season.


NW Arkansas 2021 R2

Hataoka became the fifth player in Tour history to make two holes-in-one in a single event on Saturday with aces at the par-3s 6th and 11th.


NW Arkansas 2021 R2

South Korea’s Eun-Hee Ji sits in solo third place at 11-under after a second-round 68.

“I been hitting really well with my irons and driver, so that’s why I think I hit it pretty well; easy to make some birdie out there,” said Ji. “Putted pretty well on first round, but today it was pretty well on first half, but I didn’t make a lot of birdie on back nine. Little bit of struggle with the putting on the back nine, but sometimes doing that.”


NW Arkansas 2021 R2

Fellow South Korean Jeongeun Lee6 and Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn are tied in fourth place at 10-under. Lee6’s 8-under was her lowest 18 holes scores since a second-round 61 at the Amun di Evian Championship in July.

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Jutanugarn produced two eagles at the par-5s 7th and 18th, two birdies and a single bogey for a 66.

“When I got to this week, I have no expectation at all because how I play last week,” said Jutanugarn, who missed the cut at the Cambia Portland Classic. “I feel I just want to make sure I have feeling like better with my 3-wood, with my irons, and everything. So when you have no expectation, it’s kind of you go out and have so much fun, play with your partner and with your caddie. Just go out and have fun.”

Jennifer Kupcho, Sarah Burnham and Pajaree Anannarukarn are tied for sixth at 9-under. Ten players, including Rolex Rankings No. 2 Jin Young Ko and defending champion Austin Ernst sit in a tie for ninth at 8-under.


NW Arkansas 2021 R2

Pos.
Player
To Par
Scores
Total
T1
Minjee Lee
-12
67-63
130
T1
Nasa Hataoka
-12
65-65
130
3
Eun-Hee Ji
-11
63-68
131
T4
Jeongeun Lee6
-10
69-63
132
T4
Ariya Jutanugarn
-10
66-66
132
T6
Jennifer Kupcho
-9
67-66
133
T6
Pajaree Anannarukarn
-9
65-68
133
T6
Sarah Burnham
-9
64-69
133
T9
Yuka Saso
-8
69-65
134
T9
Jackie Stoelting
-8
68-66
134
T9
Austin Ernst
-8
68-66
134
T9
Danielle Kang
-8
68-66
134
T9
Jin Young Ko
-8
68-66
134
T9
Moriya Jutanugarn
-8
68-66
134
T9
Dana Finkelstein
-8
67-67
134
T9
Klara Spilkova
-8
65-69
134
T9
Katherine Kirk
-8
63-71
134
T9
A Lim Kim
-8
63-71
134
T19
Matilda Castren
-7
71-64
135
T19
Maria Fassi
-7
68-67
135
T19
Stacy Lewis
-7
67-68
135
T19
Jenny Shin
-7
67-68
135
T19
Aditi Ashok
-7
65-70
135
T24
Madelene Sagstrom
-6
70-66
136
T24
Dani Holmqvist
-6
69-67
136
T24
Lauren Kim
-6
67-69
136
T24
Chella Choi
-6
66-70
136
T24
In Gee Chun
-6
66-70
136
T24
Jing Yan
-6
66-70
136
T24
Lindsey Weaver
-6
65-71
136
T31
Brooke Matthews (a)
-5
67-70
137
T31
Lexi Thompson
-5
67-70
137
T31
Lindy Duncan
-5
67-70
137
T31
Ashleigh Buhai
-5
66-71
137
T35
Su Oh
-4
72-66
138
T35
Lee Lopez
-4
69-69
138
T35
Paula Reto
-4
69-69
138
T35
Megan Khang
-4
69-69
138
T35
Celine Boutier
-4
69-69
138
T35
Lydia Ko
-4
68-70
138
T35
Patty Tavatanakit
-4
68-70
138
T35
Jennifer Song
-4
68-70
138
T35
Esther Henseleit
-4
67-71
138
T35
Elizabeth Szokol
-4
67-71
138
T35
Brooke M. Henderson
-4
67-71
138
T35
Haeji Kang
-4
66-72
138
T47
Sarah Jane Smith
-3
70-69
139
T47
Mina Harigae
-3
70-69
139
T47
Mo Martin
-3
69-70
139
T47
Cydney Clanton
-3
69-70
139
T47
Brittany Lincicome
-3
69-70
139
T47
Jeongeun Lee
-3
69-70
139
T47
Carlota Ciganda
-3
69-70
139
T47
Maria Fernanda Torres
-3
68-71
139
T47
Min Lee
-3
68-71
139
T47
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
-3
67-72
139
T57
Kelly Tan
-2
71-69
140
T57
Lauren Coughlin
-2
71-69
140
T57
Alana Uriell
-2
71-69
140
T57
Jasmine Suwannapura
-2
70-70
140
T57
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-2
70-70
140
T57
Sung Hyun Park
-2
69-71
140
T57
So Yeon Ryu
-2
69-71
140
T57
Nuria Iturrioz
-2
69-71
140
T57
Jennifer Chang
-2
68-72
140
T66
Bianca Pagdanganan
-1
76-65
141
T66
Yealimi Noh
-1
74-67
141
T66
Pernilla Lindberg
-1
73-68
141
T66
Dottie Ardina
-1
72-69
141
T66
Brittany Altomare
-1
72-69
141
T66
Janie Jackson
-1
72-69
141
T66
Mi Hyang Lee
-1
71-70
141
T66
Brianna Do
-1
71-70
141
T66
Mi Jung Hur
-1
71-70
141
T66
Sei Young Kim
-1
71-70
141
T66
Perrine Delacour
-1
70-71
141
T66
Na Yeon Choi
-1
70-71
141
T66
Andrea Lee
-1
70-71
141
T66
Haley Moore
-1
70-71
141
T66
Gaby Lopez
-1
70-71
141
T66
Jaye Marie Green
-1
70-71
141
T66
Azahara Munoz
-1
70-71
141
T66
Ana Belac
-1
69-72
141
T66
Stephanie Meadow
-1
69-72
141
T66
Sophia Popov
-1
69-72
141
T66
Ally Ewing
-1
69-72
141
T66
Daniela Darquea
-1
68-73
141
Ssu-Chia Cheng
CUT
72-70
142
Caroline Inglis
CUT
72-70
142
Ryann O’Toole
CUT
72-70
142
Katherine Perry-Hamski
CUT
71-71
142
Gerina Piller
CUT
71-71
142
Pornanong Phatlum
CUT
70-72
142
Haru Nomura
CUT
69-73
142
Wichanee Meechai
CUT
68-74
142
Wei-Ling Hsu
CUT
74-69
143
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
CUT
74-69
143
Christina Kim
CUT
73-70
143
Giulia Molinaro
CUT
73-70
143
Sarah Schmelzel
CUT
73-70
143
Kristen Gillman
CUT
73-70
143
Celine Herbin
CUT
71-72
143
Bronte Law
CUT
70-73
143
Jenny Coleman
CUT
70-73
143
Alison Lee
CUT
69-74
143
Sarah Kemp
CUT
69-74
143
Mind Muangkhumsakul
CUT
68-75
143
Babe Liu #
CUT
76-68
144
Anne van Dam
CUT
75-69
144
Kendall Dye
CUT
74-70
144
Mariah Stackhouse
CUT
73-71
144
Kristy McPherson
CUT
73-71
144
Marissa Steen
CUT
73-71
144
Tiffany Chan
CUT
73-71
144
Albane Valenzuela
CUT
73-71
144
Alexa Pano (a)
CUT
72-72
144
Nicole Broch Estrup
CUT
72-72
144
Amy Yang
CUT
71-73
144
Emma Talley
CUT
74-71
145
Annie Park
CUT
73-72
145
Cheyenne Knight
CUT
72-73
145
Angela Stanford
CUT
72-73
145
Anna Nordqvist
CUT
71-74
145
Gemma Dryburgh
CUT
70-75
145
Luna Sobron Galmes
CUT
79-67
146
Benyapa Niphatsophon
CUT
75-71
146
Brittany Lang
CUT
75-71
146
Min Seo Kwak
CUT
74-72
146
Liz Nagel
CUT
73-73
146
Sandra Gal
CUT
76-71
147
Mel Reid
CUT
76-71
147
Linnea Strom
CUT
76-72
148
Alena Sharp
CUT
71-77
148
Caroline Masson
CUT
69-79
148
Cory Lopez (a)
CUT
73-76
149
Kajal Mistry (a)
CUT
77-73
150
Muni He
CUT
77-73
150
Sydnee Michaels
CUT
73-77
150
Pavarisa Yoktuan
CUT
76-75
151
Angel Yin
CUT
76-75
151
Esther Lee
CUT
73-78
151
Marina Alex
CUT
71-81
152
Mirim Lee
CUT
74-83
157
Jillian Hollis
WD
74
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