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LPGA Northwest Arkansas Championship

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By Chip Souza

This article was published June 25, 2018 at 3:19 a.m.

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Supporters pour water on Nasa Hataoka after she won the LPGA Northwest Arkansas Championship on Sunday at the Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers. Hataoka shot an 8-under par 63, finishing with a tournament-best 21-under 192, three better than the mark set last year by So Yeon Ryu.

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

At Pinnacle Country Club, Rogers

The Leaderboard

Player Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Tot

Nasa Hataoka 64 65 63 192 (-21)

Austin Ernst 65 68 65 198 (-15)

Ryann O’Toole 67 68 65 200 (-13)

Sandra Gal 66 68 66 200 (-13)

Ally McDonald 66 67 67 200 (-13)

Lexi Thompson 67 64 69 200 (-13)

Minjee Lee 64 65 71 200 (-13)

Sunday’s Highlights

Nasa Hataoka’s tee shot on the par 3, No. 3 hole got caught in the wind and landed short of the green. Nursing a narrow lead at the time, a bogey might have changed the entire complexion of the final round. Hataoka took her wedge and chipped into the green and the ball rolled into the cup for a birdie. She was never seriously threatened the rest of the way.

Sunday’s Lowlights

Rain moved through Northwest Arkansas in the early morning hours and send tournament officials scrambling. The start of play was delayed by an hour as the storms moved through, but the entire final round was played with just a few drops here and there.

The Lingo

“To be honest, I came into this week like I’ve never … I haven’t shown well here. I’ve had days, weeks where — or I should say years — that I’ve played great on Friday, the first day, and then the second day I play bad and either miss the cut or barely make it. So I haven’t had great luck here. I just feel like I’ve been playing well this year, so I felt like hey, I feel like I can make something of this week.”

— Ryann O’Toole

Nasa Hataoka kisses her trophy after winning the LPGA Northwest Arkansas Championship on Sunday at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers. Hataoka won by thr...

Nasa Hataoka can now begin house-hunting.

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

At Pinnacle Country Club, Rogers

The Leaderboard

Player Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Tot

Nasa Hataoka 64 65 63 192 (-21)

Austin Ernst 65 68 65 198 (-15)

Ryann O’Toole 67 68 65 200 (-13)

Sandra Gal 66 68 66 200 (-13)

Ally McDonald 66 67 67 200 (-13)

Lexi Thompson 67 64 69 200 (-13)

Minjee Lee 64 65 71 200 (-13)

Sunday’s Highlights

Nasa Hataoka’s tee shot on the par 3, No. 3 hole got caught in the wind and landed short of the green. Nursing a narrow lead at the time, a bogey might have changed the entire complexion of the final round. Hataoka took her wedge and chipped into the green and the ball rolled into the cup for a birdie. She was never seriously threatened the rest of the way.

Sunday’s Lowlights

Rain moved through Northwest Arkansas in the early morning hours and send tournament officials scrambling. The start of play was delayed by an hour as the storms moved through, but the entire final round was played with just a few drops here and there.

The Lingo

“To be honest, I came into this week like I’ve never … I haven’t shown well here. I’ve had days, weeks where — or I should say years — that I’ve played great on Friday, the first day, and then the second day I play bad and either miss the cut or barely make it. So I haven’t had great luck here. I just feel like I’ve been playing well this year, so I felt like hey, I feel like I can make something of this week.”

— Ryann O’Toole

Nasa Hataoka kisses her trophy after winning the LPGA Northwest Arkansas Championship on Sunday at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers. Hataoka won by thr...

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