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Nasa Hataoka
Nasa Hataoka
Personal information
Born (1999-01-13) 13 January 1999 (age 21)
Height5 ft 2 in (157 cm)
Nationality Japan
ResidenceIbaraki, Japan
Turned professional2016
Current tour(s)LPGA Tour
Former tour(s)LPGA of Japan Tour
Professional wins8
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour3
LPGA of Japan Tour6
Best results in LPGA major championships
ANA InspirationT39: 2019
Women's PGA C'shipT2: 2018
U.S. Women's OpenT10: 2018
Women's British OpenCUT: 2018, 2019
Evian ChampionshipT16: 2018

Nasa Hataoka (born 13 January 1999) is a Japanese professional golfer.

As an amateur, Hataoka won the 2016 Japan Women's Open Golf Championship, a major tournament on the LPGA of Japan Tour. She was the youngest player and first amateur to win an JLPGA major.[1] She turned professional after her victory[2] and competed in the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. She finished 14th to earn her LPGA Tour card for 2017.[3]

In 2017, Hataoka played on both the LPGA Tour and LPGA of Japan Tour. On the LPGA Tour, she made 9 cuts in 17 events and finished 140th on the money list, losing her card. On the LPGA of Japan Tour, she won two events, including a second Japan Women's Open, and finished 14th on the money list. She again competed in the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, finishing first to re-earn her LPGA Tour card for 2018.[4]

Playing almost exclusively on the LPGA Tour in 2018, Hataoka won two events, the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship[5][6] and the Toto Japan Classic, which was co-sanctioned with the JLPGA.[7] Her Toto Japan Classic win took her into the top 10 of the Women's World Golf Rankings.[8] At the 2018 KPMG Women's PGA Championship, Hataoka lost in a playoff to Park Sung-hyun. She also finished tied for 10th at the 2018 U.S. Women's Open. She finished the season 5th on the money list and 3rd on the Race to the CME Globe.[9]

On March 31, 2019 Hataoka won the Kia Classic at Aviara, closing with a 5-under-par 67 to clinch a three-stroke victory.[10]

Amateur wins

  • 2015 IMG Academy Junior World Championship, Kanto Junior Championship, Faldo Series Asia Japan Championship
  • 2016 Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, Kanto Amateur Championship, Ciputra World Junior Championship, IMG Academy Junior World Championship


Professional wins (7)

LPGA Tour wins (3)

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ($)
1 24 Jun 2018 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship 64-65-63=192 -21 6 strokes United States Austin Ernst 300,000
2 4 Nov 2018 Toto Japan Classic^ 66-69-67=197 -14 2 strokes Spain Carlota Ciganda
Japan Saki Nagamine
Japan Momoko Ueda
3 31 Mar 2019 Kia Classic 69-70-64-67=270 -18 3 strokes United States Danielle Kang
South Korea Ko Jin-young
Spain Azahara Muñoz
South Korea Inbee Park
South Korea Park Sung-hyun

^ co-sanctioned with LPGA of Japan Tour

LPGA Tour playoff record (0-3)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2018 Kingsmill Championship South Korea Chun In-gee
Thailand Ariya Jutanugarn
Jutanugarn won with birdie on second extra hole
Chun eliminated with birdie on first hole
2 2018 KPMG Women's PGA Championship South Korea Park Sung-hyun
South Korea Ryu So-yeon
Park won with birdie on second extra hole.
Hataoka eliminated with par on first extra hole.
3 2020 Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions Mexico Gaby López
South Korea Inbee Park
López won with birdie on seventh extra hole
Park eliminated with par on third hole

LPGA of Japan Tour wins (6)

Bold indicates JLPGA major tournament
^ co-sanctioned with LPGA Tour

Team appearances




  1. ^ "Nasa Hataoka becomes first amateur to win Japan LPGA Major". 2 October 2016.
  2. ^ Mell, Randall (2 December 2016). "Hataoka, 17, leads by one at LPGA Q-School". Golf Channel.
  3. ^ "Nasa Hataoka - Bio". LPGA. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Japan's Nasa Hataoka wins LPGA Tour qualifying tournament". USA Today. Associated Press. 3 December 2017.
  5. ^ "In the Winner's Circle with Nasa Hataoka at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship". LPGA. 24 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Japanese teen Nasa Hataoka wins NW Arkansas Championship". USA Today. Associated Press. 24 June 2018.
  7. ^ Strege, John (4 November 2018). "Nasa Hataoka wins Toto Japan Classic with an assist from Minjee Lee's disastrous front nine". Golf Digest.
  8. ^ "Nasa Hataoka climbs to No. 7 in world rankings". The Japan Times. 6 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Nasa Hataoka - Stats". LPGA. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "Hataoka wins Kia Classic for third LPGA victory". Golf Channel. 31 March 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ "Nasa Hataoka". World Amateur Golf Ranking. Retrieved 2018.

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