Nasa Hataoka Wins TOTO Japan Classic

Nasa Hataoka shot a final-round 5-under 67 to capture the 2018 TOTO Japan Classic by two strokes.

Hataoka, who started the day four strokes behind overnight leader Minjee Lee, finished her third day at Seta Golf Club with two bogeys against seven birdies including a final-hole gain to reach 14-under par.

“I’m so proud. I’m so happy to win this event,” said Hataoka, who becomes the season’s fourth multiple winner.

“Actually, I wanted to win this tournament before it began. I am really happy to accomplish it.”

After a third-straight 68, Spain’s Carlota Ciganda finished with a three-day score of 12 under, alongside Japan’s Saki Naganine and Momoko Ueda, who both also posted 68s.

Jin Young Ko, who also birdied her final hole, posted a 66 to join Ji-Hee Lee (68) at 11 under, one clear of Amy Yang (69).

2018 TOTO Japan Classic

Final Round: The Top 5

Pos-Player-To Par (Today)
1. Nasa Hataoka -14 (-5)
2. Carlota Ciganda -12 (-4)
2. Saki Naganine -12 (-4)
2. Momoko Ueda -12 (-4)
5. Jin Young Ko -11 (-6)
5. Ji-Hee Lee -11 (-4)

Top-3 Check Cashers

1. Nasa Hataoka – $225,000
2. Carlota Ciganda – $104,000
2. Saki Naganine – $104,000
2. Momoko Ueda – $104,000

Hataoka’s Winning Stats

Driving: 249 yards
Fairways: 31/42, 73.8%
Greens: 48/52, 88.9%
Putts/GIR: 80/1.67
Scoring: 18 Birdies, 32 Pars, 4 Bogeys

Video: Final-Round Highlights


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