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Nasa Hataoka Got Disqualified at LPGA Tour Event

In an unusual turn of events, Nasa Hataoka was disqualified after the first round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic due to a timing issue with locating her lost ball, underscoring the stringent nature of the Rules of Golf. Hataoka, a prominent figure on the LPGA Tour, started her first round on the back nine and was performing admirably. However, on her final hole, the ninth, she hit her second shot into the long fescue surrounding the green. Despite her efforts, and those of her caddie, to locate the ball, it was eventually found outside the three-minute search limit imposed by Rule 18.2a.

LPGA Tour has released a statement regarding the disqualification of Nasa Hataoka

In an official statement, the LPGA Tour clarified: “During the first round of the LPGA Shoprite Classic, Nasa Hataoka played her second shot on No. 9 into the long fescue surrounding the green, her last hole of the day. After reviewing video footage provided to the LPGA following the round, it was determined that the search for Nasa’s ball lasted longer than the three minutes allowed under Rule 18.2a. After three minutes of search, the ball is considered lost, and the player must proceed under stroke and distance (Rule 18.2b).”

Hataoka’s situation became even more complicated when she played from the wrong place after the ball was found. The rules specify that if a player does not play from the correct spot, they are in breach of Rule 14.7. Since Hataoka played from a position that could potentially offer a significant advantage compared to where she should have played from, this was considered a serious breach, resulting in disqualification as it was not corrected in time.

Had her score stood, Hataoka would have signed for a six-under-par round of 65, placing her four strokes behind the leader, Arpichaya Yubol, who nearly broke the 60-barrier with an impressive 10-under round of 61.

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LPGA Tour: Nelly Korda With a Disastrous Start – Ten On Par 3

In the world of golf, even the best can have days where nothing goes right. Nelly Korda, a dominant force with six victories in her last seven tournaments, experienced such a day during the opening round of the US Women’s Open at Lancaster Country Club. The golf course, known for its challenging layout, claimed an unlikely victim in Korda, who ended her day with a score of 80, twelve shots behind the leader.

Early Trouble for Nelly Korda

The trouble began early for Nelly Korda. By the time she reached the par-3 12th hole, her day had already taken a turn for the worse. A 25-minute wait on the tee didn’t help her rhythm, as she watched players ahead struggle with the hole. Despite her usual confidence, Korda made a interesting club choice, opting for a 6-iron instead of a 7-iron. Her ball took a hard hop into a back bunker, setting off a disastrous sequence. Attempting to escape from the bunker, Korda’s shot came out hot, rolling past the pin, off the false front, and into the penalty area. What followed was a painful series of shots as she struggled to get her ball back onto the green. Each attempt seemed to make matters worse, culminating in a septuple-bogey 10. The frustration was palpable as Korda walked off the green, her score now at +8.

“Making a 10 on a par 3 will definitely not do you any good at a US Open,” Korda remarked, reflecting on her tumultuous start. “Just a bad day in the office.” Despite the rough beginning, Korda’s resilience shone through as she continued to fight her way through the course. However, the golf gods were not in her favor. Missed putts and difficult lies continued to plague her round. Her first birdie didn’t come until her 12th hole. “I’m human,” she said. “I’m going to have bad days. I played some really solid golf up to this point. Today was just a bad day. That’s all I can say.”

Difficult Course at the US Womens Open

The US Women’s Open at Lancaster Country Club proved to be an unexpectedly grueling challenge for the players. The difficult conditions, highlighted by strong winds and tricky course design, left many of the sport’s top athletes struggling to maintain their composure and their scores. By day’s end, the scoring average had soared to over five above par and the number of bogeys-or-worse had more than tripled the number of birdies.

The 12th hole, a deceptively difficult par-3, was the worst offender. Playing at just 161 yards, the hole was further complicated by a frontward slope and a false front leading to a creek. Only 52 percent of the field managed to hit the green in regulation on Thursday and in total 52 golfballs landed in the pond in front of the green. The strong winds forced players to choose between hitting a longer club, risking the back bunker, or using a shorter club and potentially ending up in the water. This led to significant delays, with backups of up to 30 minutes. Only ten players managed to make birdie on this hole. 32 players carded a bogey and 13 players even had to record a double bogey or higher

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LPGA Tour Tee Times: Nelly Korda at the U.S. Women’s Open

The U.S. Women’s Open, part of the LPGA Tour, boasts a significant prize pool of $12 million. This prestigious tournament will feature numerous talented golfers, including several from the United States. The tournament takes place over several rounds, with the first and second-round tee times and pairings now available.

LPGA Tour Tee Times for American Players

Nelly Korda, a prominent American golfer, will begin her first round at 8:13 from the 10th tee. She will be accompanied by fellow American Megan Khang and Nasa Hataoka from Japan. Their second-round tee time is 13:58 from the 1st tee.

Another American golfer, Lexi Thompson, is set to start her first round at 13:58 from the 1st tee. She is joined by Rose Zhang from the USA and Minjee Lee from Australia. For their second round, they will tee off at 8:13 from the 10th tee.

Jennifer Kupcho, also from the USA, will play her first round at 7:51 from the 10th tee, along with Linn Grant from Sweden and Lottie Woad (a) from England. Their next round commences at 13:36 from the 1st tee.

Allisen Corpuz, another American, starts her first round at 8:02 from the 1st tee. Her playing partners include Megan Schofill (a) from USA and Ruoning Yin. Their second round is scheduled for 13:47 from the 10th tee.

Cheyenne Knight, representing the USA, will tee off at 7:40 from the 1st tee in her first round. Her group includes Bailey Tardy from USA and Akie Iwai from Japan. Their second round starts at 13:25 from the 10th tee.

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LPGA Tour Tee Times: Charley Hull and Georgia Hall at U.S. Women’s Open

The U.S. Women’s Open on the LPGA Tour features a $12 million purse. British players, including Charley Hull and Georgia Hall, will tee off against a global field. Here are the LPGA Tour Tee Times for these players in the first two rounds.

LPGA Tour Tee Times for Charley Hull and Georgia Hall

Charley Hull will tee off at 8:24 AM from the tenth tee of the U.S. Women’s Open in the first round, playing alongside Lydia Ko from New Zealand and Jin Young Ko from South Korea. Her second round tee time is 2:09 PM from the first tee.

Georgia Hall tees off at 2:09 PM from the tenth tee, along with Mao Saigo from Japan and Su Ji Kim from South Korea. For the second round, her tee time is at 8:24 AM from the first tee.

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Lexi Thompson Announces the Retirement of her Golf Career

Lexi Thompson, a true golfing great, is retiring from active sport. The 29-year-old collected eleven LPGA Tour victories in 17 years, one Major title, took part in the Olympics twice and was a member of the US Solheim Cup team six times. She has also shown great commitment to the development of the LPGA Tour. There is hardly any way around Lexi Thompson.

Her journey to becoming one of the most famous female golfers began when she became the youngest ever participant in a US Women’s Open at the age of twelve. This week marks her 18th and final appearance at the championship. Always with her: ladybug earrings, which accompanied her on her first participation.

Lexi Thompson: One last year on the LPGA Tour

On Tuesday morning, Lexi Thompson announced that this will be her final year on the LPGA Tour as she plans to retire from professional golf at the end of the 2024 season. The 2024 Solheim Cup will be a fitting end to her 18-year career. At the 2024 US Women’s Open, Thompson, who has always avoided questions about her setbacks, spoke for the first time about the darker side of a golf career: “I just think, especially with what’s happened in golf, as of recently, too, a lot of people don’t realize what we go through as a professional athlete. I’ll be the last one to say, throw me a pity party. That’s the last thing I want. We’re doing what we love. We’re trying the best every single day. You know, we’re not perfect. We’re humans.”

In a video on Instagram, in which she looks back on her career in a total of over three minutes, Lexi Thompson explains: “Although this has been an amazing journey, it hasn’t always been an easy one. Since I was 12 years old, my life as a golfer has been a whirlwind of constant attention, scrutiny and pressure. The cameras are always on, capturing every swing and every moment on and off the golf course. Social media never sleeps, with comments and criticisms flowing in from around the world. It can be exhausting to maintain a smile on the outside while grappling with struggles on the inside.”

Commitment beyond sport

Lexi Thompson also made a name for herself in the golf world beyond her sporting achievements. She always made time for all her fans who asked for her autograph and signed balls, shirts and caps, even in tears after bitter defeats. Her mother gave her love and respect from an early age. She often told her that it was almost her duty to make at least one person’s day better every time she left the house. And that has driven Thompson throughout her career.

LPGA Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan also points to her strong commitment to women in golf in general and the LPGA Tour in particular. “Lexi’s impact extends far beyond the golf course. She embodies the spirit and dedication of our Founders – always showing up and engaging intentionally to help further the growth and impact of the LPGA,” he said. “She is beloved by fans, consistently seen signing autographs and interacting with them no matter the result that day. Lexi’s commitment to our partners has also been unparalleled. Throughout her career, she has continually made time to engage with partners, their employees and their clients, and truly has valued their tremendous support of women’s golf.”

“I wanted them to follow their dreams”

The US-American also made it her goal to inspire people. For example, it was particularly important to her to compete in the Shriners Children’s Open last year as only the seventh woman ever to compete on the PGA Tour: “It’s been something I grew up doing with my brothers and have wanted to do, but to also send a message out to the Shriners kids that no dream is too small, and they can go after what they want and follow their dreams,” said Thompson in her pre-tournament press conference at the Shriners Children’s Open. “If I can leave here inspiring others, and especially the kids, the Shriners kids, that’s what it’s all about and what this tournament is. There is more than just playing golf.”

Whether and, if so, how often we will encounter Thompson on the golf course remains to be seen in the coming years.

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How Much Does It Cost to Play Ladies European Tour?

US golfer Hannah Gregg gave her followers an insight into the financing of a tournament weekend on the Ladies European Tour on X (formerly Twitter). It should be mentioned upfront that this is an example of a single athlete and in no way reflects the (financial) situation of every female athlete. Nevertheless, this example is thought-provoking.

How Much Playing LET Really Costs

In her calculation example, Gregg first mentions her costs. She had to pay 3,672 dollars for flights, work visa, food, fuel for the car, participation fee and the lounge pass for her caddie. In this case, the hotel and hire car cost her nothing. There were also no costs for the caddie, as this role was filled by her fiancé. Hannah Gregg made the cut at the tournament and finished the weekend in 54th place, which earned her prize money of 1,244 dollars. This prize money is subject to 35 per cent tax, which means that Gregg would have had to finish 21st to make a profit, she calculates. Achieving a place in the top 25 is not easy in golf, and if your financial situation also depends on it to some extent, it certainly doesn’t make things any easier. But here, too, it has to be said that this is a special example because Gregg has higher travelling costs as an American.

Ladies European Tour versus LPGA Tour: the comparison

Comparing the two biggest tours for women, the LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour, to their male counterparts is a bottomless pit. Last weekend, the Amundi German Masters on the Ladies European Tour and the Mizuho Americas Open on the LPGA Tour were two normal regular-season tournaments. While Alexandra Försterling received 45,000 euros for her home win, Nelly Korda received the equivalent of almost 414,500 euros for her victory at the Mizuho Americas Open. Sophia Popov received almost as much as Alexandra Försterling for her tied 14th place on the LPGA Tour with around 37,000 euros. The last-placed players of those who made the cut on the Ladies European Tour received €810. By comparison, the last-placed golfers from the weekend on the LPGA Tour received €7,600. This example shows that there is a huge gap even within women’s golf and not to begin the comparison between men and women in golf.

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WITB: Nelly Korda Wins Sixth Tournament in Seven Starts

Just recently Nelly Korda came out on top again, winning her first major title of the season and the fifth tournament in a row. At the LPGA Tour’s Chevron Championship 2024 Korda captured the win with two shots ahead of Swedens Maja Stark. Now the record player and world number one secured her sixth win in seven start at the Mizuho Americas Open 2024. This is her set of club choices by TaylorMade, helping her with this insane winning-streak.

WITB: Nelly Korda 2024

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Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 Max (10.5°)

Nelly Korda on why she plays the Qi10 Max Driver: “The reason why I picked the Qi10 Max driver is the look of it compared to the other models. When I put it down and look at it I feel like I can hit any shot I want with the subtle blue face and silver topline. When I look down at it I feel like I can aim it really well and I know where the center of the clubface too. For a golfer, if you don’t like the look of the club, you’re never going to be able to it hit. Once I put the Qi10 Max down and teed it up, I feel like I could hit any shot I wanted to.”

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Woods: TaylorMade Stealth 2 (15°, 21°)

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Irons: TaylorMade P770 (5)

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Irons: TaylorMade P7MC (6-PW)

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Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind 4 (50°,54°,60°)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Special Select Squareback 2 Proto

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Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

“Nelly was looking to bring the spin down, especially on her driver, so we did some testing in September,” said TaylorMade Senior Tour Manager Ressa. “We saw the benefits of TP5x in her driver and irons bringing the spin down a couple hundred RPMs. Then, around the greens, her launch on chips was a little bit lower and she generated more spin around the greens with TP5x than TP5. She produced a lot more check in a preferred trajectory coming off of the TP5x versus the TP5. She’s been happy with the ball ever since.” 

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Watch: LPGA Tour highlights from round 4 of the Mizuho Americas Open

The Mizuho Americas Open, part of the LPGA Tour, is taking place at the Liberty National Golf Course in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. This tournament offers a total prize money of $3,000,000. The event has reached its fourth and final round.

As the fourth round concludes, Nelly Korda from the USA is leading the leaderboard with a total score of 274, which is 14 under par. Hannah Green from Australia follows closely in second place with a total score of 275, 13 under par. Tied for third place are Chanettee Wannasaen from Thailand, Ariya Jutanugarn also from Thailand, Jennifer Kupcho from the USA, and Gabriela Ruffels from Australia, each with a total score of 278, which is 10 under par.

The day’s most notable performances, based on daily scores, include Chanettee Wannasaen who recorded a daily score of 7 under par, Megan Khang from the USA with a daily score of 6 under par, and Celine Boutier from France with a daily score of 5 under par.

The highlights video of this tournament round captures key moments and significant plays from the fourth round. Golf enthusiasts and followers of the LPGA Tour can look forward to recaps of pivotal shots and movements on the leaderboard from the Mizuho Americas Open.

Mizuho Americas Open: The LPGA Tour round 4 highlights

About the LPGA Tour

The LPGA Tour is the largest professional tour in women’s golf. With over 30 tournaments a year, the American women’s tour mostly travels to the USA, but also visits destinations outside America with its players. In addition to the regular tournaments, the LPGA holds five majors per season, with the last two events being co-hosted by the Ladies European Tour and taking place in Europe. The LPGA Tour’s season ranking, the “Race to the CME Globe”, is decided in the season finale. The best 72 players of the season and the season winners qualify for the CME Group Tour Championship and compete for overall victory on the LPGA Tour.

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LPGA Tour: Ten Players Withdraw from Mizuho Americas Open

Since the Mizuho Americas Open began on the outskirts of New York on Thursday, ten players have already withdrawn from the tournament. Three of the players withdrew due to injury and the other seven “due to various illnesses”, according to a statement from the LPGA Tour. The statement went on to say: “Medical professionals on site have treated several athletes for symptoms related to a viral infection. The LPGA and tournament organizers continue to monitor the situation closely, and are working together to advice and assist the LPGA athletes with precautions to try to keep everyone healthy.”

LPGA Tour: Defending champion Rose Zhang ill

After playing three holes in her opening round, the winner of the 2023 Mizuho Americas Open, Rose Zhang, had to withdraw on Thursday. The reason: severe intestinal problems. It is not clear from the LPGA Tour statement whether the six other golfers, who also had to end their tournament due to illness, are affected by the same infection. In addition to the American Zhang, Caroline Masson, Maja Stark, Minami Katsu, Jiwon Jeon, Haeran Ryu and Paula Creamer are also ill.

Two players benefit from the withdrawals

As Germany’s Caroline Masson and Sweden’s Maja Stark had already withdrawn before the first round, Mao Saigo and So Mi Lee slipped into the field at the Mizuho Americas Open. Both are back in the top 10 of the leaderboard after strong performances. At seven under par, the South Korean So Mi Lee is the sole runner-up and the Japanese Mao Saigo is tied third at six under par. Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul is in the lead at the tournament near the Statue of Liberty on nine under par. World number one Nelly Korda is in T3.

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Watch: LPGA Tour Highlights From Round 1 of the Mizuho Americas Open

The Mizuho Americas Open, part of the LPGA Tour, is currently taking place at the Liberty National Golf Course in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. The tournament features a total prize purse of $3,000,000.

Round one of the Mizuho Americas Open has concluded, focusing attention on the top players vying for the title. So Mi Lee from South Korea leads the tournament with a current total score of six-under-par. Tied for second place are Gabriela Ruffels from Australia, Andrea Lee from the USA, Bianca Pagdanganan from the Philippines, and Mao Saigo from Japan, all with a total score of four-under-par.

The tournament video features a compilation of the LPGA Tour Highlights and Mizuho Americas Open Highlights, showcasing key moments from round four. As the event draws to a close, the leaderboard reflects the intense competition and skill demonstrated by the participating golfers.

Mizuho Americas Open: The LPGA Tour round 2 highlights

About the LPGA Tour

The LPGA Tour is the largest professional tour in women’s golf. With over 30 tournaments a year, the American women’s tour mostly travels to the USA, but also visits destinations outside America with its players. In addition to the regular tournaments, the LPGA holds five majors per season, with the last two events being co-hosted by the Ladies European Tour and taking place in Europe. The LPGA Tour’s season ranking, the “Race to the CME Globe”, is decided in the season finale. The best 72 players of the season and the season winners qualify for the CME Group Tour Championship and compete for overall victory on the LPGA Tour.