On one of the great, old courses of Northern California and on a day when northwesterly winds whipped more than 38 mph, Haru Nomura became the first Japanese player since Ai Miyazato to win two LPGA events in a season. Nomura shot a closing 73 at Lake Merced Golf Club to finish 9 under, four clear of the field at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.
Lee-Anne Pace, who entered the final day three shots back, started the round with five consecutive bogeys, but because of the brutal conditions, only dropped to fourth place. Pace then clawed her way back with birdies at Nos. 6 and 9. She bogeyed 10 but had three more birdies on the back. When she two-putted for birdie on the par-5 14th, Pace momentarily pulled within a shot of the lead until Nomura rolled in a 4-footer for a birdie of her own at 14. Pace left a couple of critical putts short down the stretch to finish with a final-round of 74 for a 5-under total and solo second, her best finish in 2016.
How it Happened:
The wind howled. Downwind tee shots flew more than 300 yards and into-the-wind drivers were lucky to roll 200. …..READ FULL ARTICLE