Marathon LPGA Classic. Nasa Wins Rain Affected Tournament.

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Nasa Hataoka of Japan wins the Marathon LPGA Classic, the final round being suspended due to inclement weather at 09:40, and did not resume at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Ohio.  Nasa was declared the  winner based on her 54 hole score of -19.

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Nasa had a six shot lead at the end of the third round, the tournament being reduced to three rounds it was a comfortable victory;

Knowing everybody is working really, really hard to try to get this to a 72-hole tournament.”

“I wish it would’ve been able to do it, but with this weather it was really hard.”

“I’m happy to be able to win.”

Elizabeth Szokol and Mina Harigae, both from the USA, tied for second place with -13,  both ladies earning the best finishes of their LPGA Tour careers to date.

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Marathon LPGA Classic. Nasa Has Six Shot Lead.

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Nasa Hataoka of Japan has opened up a six shot 54 hole lead at the Marathon LPGA Classic at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Ohio,

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Nasa shot a third round -7  under par 64 to lead the Marathon LPGA Classic by six shots at -19 under par;

I think the original thinking of this course was that it was a very narrow course so it might be difficult for me.”

 “Then it came out to be that the narrow makes it easier to get to the target, so I think this is what was good.”

“I think last five holes are usually the place where you really have to concentrate and try for the birdies.”

“I think that kind of clicked and gave me those birdies.”

Elizabeth Szokol, -4 under 67 and Mina Harigae, -5 under 66, both from the USA, are tied in second place at -13 under par.

Mina thinks things can change, for the better for her;

“I’ve seen the scores out here, some girls;  you can go really low out here, but you just never know.”

“Golf is a funny game. I think if I just keep my head down and keep going forward, it might pan out.”

Esther Henseleit of Germany had a -4 under 67 today for fourth place at -12 under;

“My ball-striking was so bad today.”

“I think I hit one good iron shot today, so it really was a grind out there. I made a lot of up-and-downs. Holed a few good putts. It just wasn’t that easy out there for me today.”

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Marathon LPGA Classic. Nasa Holds On To Top Spot.

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Nasa Hataoka of Japan holds on to the top spot on the Marathon LPGA Classic leaderboard on the second day at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Ohio.

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Nasa carded a -2 under par 69 round which included six birdies, four of them consecutively late in her back nine; to post -12 under par at the top of the Marathon LPGA Classic leader board;

“My shots were not as good as yesterday, didn’t have that many chances. I had a lot of problems, but I was able to fix that for the last part and bring it back up.”

“I was kind of stiff on impact and I was able to realize that and adjusted to relax myself and that brought those birdies.”

In second place at -10 under is Mina Harigae who had a second round -5 under par 66;

“I feel really confident, comfortable with all aspects of my game.”

“Just everything just kind of feels solid and everything is kind of flowing together, so it feels really good.”

Alison Lee and Elizabeth Szokol both signed for -5 under 66 today to claim third position with totals of -9 under.

Alison is really happy to be in contention once again;

It’s been a really long time since I’ve seen my name on the leaderboard like this.”

“Putting myself in contention for the weekend, it feels really, really good. It almost makes it as though two years didn’t happen, which is awesome to feel.”

Elizabeth is looking forward to another 36 holes;

“I’m just really looking forward to it, 36 more holes.”

 “I really like this golf course, so just see what the weekend brings. I’m excited to have fans back.”

 

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Marathon LPGA Classic. Nasa Hataoka Leads.

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Nasa Hataoka of Japan has a four shot lead at the top of the Marathon LPGA Classic being played at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Ohio.

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Nasa was hoping to equal the LPGA low score of 59, but had to settle for a -10 under par 61 to lead the Marathon LPGA Classic by fo0ur shots on day one. The thought of a 59 crossed her mind;

“When I had my ninth birdie it kind of did come to my mind, but then, after I only having two holes left, I just thought how great Annika was more than me getting it.”

“I think what was really working is I was able to control my iron shots to make sure I could get close to the pin to get the birdies.”

“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.”

Lauren Stephenson holds second place at -6 under par with an opening round -6 under par 65;

“I took all of last week off, I didn’t touch a club for eight days so I felt really just rest and recovered.”

“I felt pretty tired at KPMG because that was my sixth week, so I knew I needed to just take a good break.”

Matilda Castren, Ariya Jutanugarn, Mina Harigae, Yealimi Noh and Ssu-Chia Cheng are another shot back at -5 under after first rounds of 66.

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Marathon LPGA Classic, Two Ladies Tied at the Top. Lydia Ko & Danielle Kang share the Lead.

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Last weeks winner Danielle Kang shares the lead at the Marathon LPGA Classic with Lydia Ko after the first round at Highland Meadows Golf Club, in Ohio.

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Danielle and Lydia both carded opening rounds of -7 under par 64 to lead the Marathon LPGA Classic by one shot.

Last weeks winner Danielle has been working hard on her putting;

“I worked a lot on my putting for the last couple days. Didn’t really like how the ball was coming off my putter.”

“But I think that I kind of got a good feel out of it; then today my putting worked really well. There are days when the ball goes where you see, and that’s what happened.”

Lydia, who is seeking her first win since 2018, also had a good putting day;

“I hit a few shots that were really tap-in range, so when you have three, four of those kind of opportunities, it definitely puts a little stress off the putter, which was kind of the bit that I was struggling with last week.”

“So it was nice that a few were really close to kind of put that stress off, and nice to just walk off the hole with the easy birdie.”

Lydia said it was good to be back in contention;

“It’s not one of the longer golf courses, but throughout the years they’ve lengthened some of the holes and added a few bunkers this year.”

“Well, I don’t know if this year, or within the time that I’ve been gone.”

“It’s good to be back.”

Megan Khang holds third place on her own at -6 under par following her bogey free first round of under 65;

“I was told that if you’re playing well, you just got to trust your game and keep playing your game, so that’s been my plan since last week and this week.”

“I’m striking it really well. Putting speed is there. Just got to keep trusting it and play my game.”

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Marathon Classic. Sei Young Kim Wins.

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Sei Young Kim of South Korea wins the Marathon Classic at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

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Sei Young shot a final round -6 under par 65 to win the Marathon Classic by two strokes at -22 under par;

“I really wanted another win, especially this week, because the last two weeks I play really bad.”

“I haven’t had a win the major tournament yet.”

“I think I try too much when I play the major tournament. I just play the same as regular tournament, even major.”

“Just let it go. Let it happen.”

In second place was Lexi Thompson of the USA, at -20 under par, carding a last round -5 under 66 not quite enough to get her into the winners circle;

“She played some amazing golf, I didn’t have my best ball-striking day, but five under, finished well.”

“She played amazing. It’s very well deserved.”

Stacy Lewis was third with a final round -5 under 66 and a total of -16 under for the tournament;

“It was a lot of fun, more putts have gone in this week than in the years past.”

“It was nice to give my family something to cheer for.”

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Marathon Classic. Sei Young Kim Still Leads.

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Sei Young Kim from South Korea still has the Marathon Classic lead after 54 holes at  Highland Meadows Golf Club.

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Sei Young found it difficult in the wind today, but still managed to card -5 under 66 in the third round to stay on top of the Marathon Classic leaderboard at -16 under par;

“It was a little tough to judge the distance, wind very gusty, on and off.”

“Tomorrow, I play with Lexi Thompson, one of my favorite players.”

“I’m very exciting play with her. I’m very confident right now. Play same as last three days.”

Lexi Thompson is in second place, one shot back at -15 under, after her third round of -6 under par 65. Lexi also mentioned the wind today;

“It was a lot windier today, a little bit different direction, but not a big difference.”

“It was just gusty.  It was a little bit more to deal with and then firmer greens in the afternoon, but it was a good test.”

U.S. Women’s Open champion Jeongeun Lee6  has third place, only -2 under 69 today leaving her at -12 under for the tournament;

“My tee shot was not very good, especially my iron shots.”

“It was so hard to control my shots. There weren’t a lot of birdies today.”

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Marathon Classic. Two Ladies Tied At The Top.

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There are two ladies tied at the top of the Marathon Classic leaderboard,  Alena Sharp, Canada, and Youngin Chun of South Korea share the honor at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

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Alena and Youngin both carded first rounds of -7 under par 64 to lead the Marathon Classic by one stroke.

Alena likes the housing here in Ohio;

“I played really well right from the first tee shot, I felt really calm this morning coming into this event.”

“I always love playing here. I have great housing.”

Youngin was unsure of her score today;

“I didn’t know I shot 64 today.”

“The funniest thing I finish par on the 18th and then I saw the leaderboard and there is a seven under I was like, who is that?”

“I asked my dad. I think I shot six, right?’ He said, ‘No, you’re seven”

” So it was me.”

Four ladies are tied in third place at -6 under Azahara Munoz, Spain, Caroline Masson, Germany, Jenny Haglund, Sweden and Stacy Lewis of the USA.

Stacy hit all the greens in regulation today, and got some putts to drop;

“It was awesome, the biggest thing is I hit 18 greens today.”

“I’ve been working on the ball-striking a lot, so just really nice to see some results.”

“Got a few putts to fall there on our last few holes.”

“It’s a golf course I’m not necessarily 100% comfortable on.”

“I just had some really good golf shots today. Had some easy tap-in birdies. I haven’t done that in the long time, in general.”

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Marathon Classic. Brooke Henderson & Caroline Hedwall Tied at the Top.

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Brooke Henderson, Canada and Caroline Hedwall of Sweden share the 36 hole lead in the Marathon Classic at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

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Brooke, -5 under 66 today, and Caroline, -4 under 67 are at  the top of the Marathon classic leaderboard after two rounds at -9 under par.

Brooke had a strong birdie birdie finish to her round;

“To finish birdie-birdie was really important, and it’s fun to see your name at the top.”

“I’m excited to be in the final group. I haven’t been in one of those in a couple weeks and it’s just a really fun feeling.”

“It’s a great golf course here, and just hopefully give myself a lot of great looks at birdie and hopefully make them.” 

Caroline has had two good putting days;

“I’ve just been striking the ball really well and made a couple of putts.”

“Yesterday I started making some putts again, and just knowing that I can actually see the ball going in the hole again is just nice.”

 “When you’re a professional golfer and you can’t make a putt, it’s just really tough, and it’s frustrating, especially when everyone else is making putts.”

“It could have been lower today, but I’m really happy with 4-under and 9-under total, and I’m just looking forward to the weekend.” 

Yesterdays leader Thidapa Suwannapura, Thailand, holds third place at -8 under par with a -2 under 69 today;

“Today, I didn’t play my best, I didn’t hit it that close to the pin.”

“There were not many birdies today like yesterday. I’m pretty happy I ended up a couple under par today.” 

Two shots back of the leader at -7 under are three ladies,  Emma Talley, -4 under 67, and Jacqui Concolino with her -2 under 69 second round score, both from USA. They are joined by In Gee Chun of South Korea, with her -2 under 69 second round score.

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Marathon Classic. Thailand’s Thidapa Suwannapura Leads.

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Thailand’s Thidapa Suwannapura leads the Marathon Classic at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

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Thidapa carded a first round -6 under par 65 to lead the Marathon Classic on day one by just one shot. She enjoyed making birdie on the last knowing the TV guys were looking at her, and she only needed 23 putts on her round;

“I just want to finish it good, and I see the TV guys here, and just like, oh, a little bit nervous. But, you know, go do it and make birdie.”

“After I make bogey, then I know that I have a birdie opportunity, so I just try it and try to keep it on the fairway, in play, and hit it on the green.”

“But most of them I made it. Like, oh, that’s good.”

Sharing second place at -5 under 66 are,  defending champion In-Kyung Kim, with In Gee Chun, Mirim Lee, all from South Korea, Yani Tseng, Taipei, Jacqui Concolino, and Katelyn Dambaugh from USA, and Caroline Hedwall, Sweden.

Yani has put her putting problems behind her;

“I never thought I would have this putting problem.”

“I’ve been through everything, but now I feel like I could write a book about the recipe to success.”

“I just want to stay patient, and one day I can still win a tournament.” 

Brooke Henderson of Canada is in the group just two shots off the pace at -4 under, and she has forgotten all about the club breaking incident;

This year, I just tried to keep things really simple.”

“I tried to just look over the golf course with fresh eyes and try to forget everything that’s happened before and just try to play smart, try to give myself a lot of birdie opportunities.” 

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