Hataoka, declared champion by not contesting the fourth round

The last day had to be canceled due to the rain. The Japanese was leading, at that time, with six strokes of advantage over her rivals.


Japan's Nasa Hataoka was declared the winner of the Marathon LPGA Classic when Sunday's final round was canceled by heavy and relentless rain that continued the entire time. Hataoka, 22, had a 6-shot lead over Americans Elizabeth Szokol and Mina Harigae. Won for the fourth time on the LPGA Tour.

The final round started at 7am in hopes of beating the rain. That lasted for just a few hours before Highland Meadows got soaked, and it soon turned into a field where you couldn't compete.

Donna Mummert, the LPGA's senior manager of rules and competition, said the greens were the first problem when the tournament tried to resume. By midafternoon, it was the streets that were so drenched that the LPGA had no choice but to finish the tournament. The LPGA said the forecast was not favorable for a Monday finale, and it didn't help that the Evian Championship, the LPGA's fourth biggest of the year, is scheduled to start on Wednesday.

American Danielle Kang, the defending champion, birdied the third hole to get within eight shots and wanted to see the LPGA gain more resources to handle the weather. "There are 18 holes of golf left," Kang said. "I played three of them. I always see golf tournaments as 72 holes, so when we don't finish 72 holes ... and it's not the LPGA's fault, it's not anyone's fault. Sometimes we don't have enough resources. " He did not elaborate on what resources could have made a difference.

Hataoka lost in a playoff to young Filipino Yuka Saso at the US Women's Open last month. His last victory on the LPGA Tour was the Kia Classic in 2019, although he won twice on the LPGA Japan later that year.

Regarding the performance of the Spanish players who made the cut, veteran Carlota Ciganda was the best with a cumulative record of 207 (-6) after completing the first 54 strokes that left her in 33rd place, which she shared with three other players.

His compatriot Nuria Iturrioz also had his best performance on Saturday and that earned him to reach the last round with 208 strokes (-5) to climb to 37th place, tied with eight other golfers. While Azahara Muñoz was left with 209 impacts, which left her in 46th place, shared with three more players.

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