Read the full story on SportsLook - Nasa Hataoka Finishes Tied for Second in LPGA's Season-Ending Tourney
But, as is usually the case in golf, the CME Group Tour Championship was decided on the final day ― this time, over the final three holes.
South Korea's Amy Yang had a better performance than Hataoka in the tourney's final round, shooting a 6-under 66 and earning the top prize of $2 million USD (¥296.5 million JPY). And that was the deciding factor on Sunday, November 19 at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Florida. Yang finished the weekend at 27-under 261.
Hataoka, who has won six LPGA Tour titles in her career, carded a 3-under 69 in the last round.
The 24-year-old Hataoka shared the runner-up spot with American Alison Lee, who had a final-round 66, at 24-under 264. They both pocketed $445,000 USD (about ¥66 million JPY).
Yang Outplays Hataoka to Close Out the Final Round
On Sunday, Yang and Hataoka were tied for the lead with three holes remaining.
With a bogey on the par-3 16th hole (her first bogey in 35 holes), Hataoka fell a stroke off Yang's pace.
On the 17th hole, Yang made a 3-foot birdie. Hataoka had to settle for par. That extended Yang's lead to two strokes.
Hataoka made two birdies on the back nine, shooting a 1-under 35 in that span. She also made par on the final hole.
Yang had three birdies and an eagle on the par-4 13th hole for a 31 on the back nine. She completed the round with another birdie.
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Author: Ed Odeven