LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nasa Hataoka got away with DIO Implant LA Open Sunday at Wilshire Country Club to open the two-week LPGA Tour race in the Los Angeles area.
Four strokes ahead entering the round after Jin Young Ko’s late collapse on Saturday, Hataoka closed with a 4-under 67 for a five-stroke victory over Hannah Green.
Hataoka finished 15-under 269, a swipe at the tournament record set last year by Brooke Henderson. The 23-year-old Japanese player won her sixth LPGA Tour title a week after missing the windy LOTTE Championship Cup in Hawaii with rounds of 75 and 77.
The Palos Verdes Championship begins Thursday at Palos Verdes Estates.
After seven straight pars, Hataoka put the tournament aside at the par-4 15th when she ran into a 35-foot eagle putt to open a six-shot lead. She played the first seven holes under-3 with four birdies and a bogey.
Green finished with a 68. The Australian won her two LPGA Tour titles in 2019.
Madelene Sagstrom (66) was 7 under with 2019 winner Minjee Lee (68) and Inbee Park (70),
Top-ranked Ko, tied for the lead with Hataoka with three holes to play on Saturday before a bogey-quadruple bogey-birdie finish left her five strokes behind, had a 75 tied for 21st at 2 under.
On Saturday 16 par-4, she twice failed to get the ball out of the deep barranca en route to the 8. On Sunday, she had a double bogey on the par-3 seventh and bogey the last two holes.