Maguire ties 15th after final round abandoned at Marathon Classic

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Leona Maguire banked another top-15 finish and a cheque worth $25,099 after the final round of the Marathon LPGA Classic was abandoned on Sunday.

The Cavan professional had been steadily improving as the week went on in Ohio with rounds of 69, 68 and 67 to reach nine-under par. Although that left her 10 shots back of Nasa Hataoka’s lead, Maguire was only four shots off second place and eyeing a big Sunday finish before the weather intervened.

“69, 68, 67 and was aiming for 66 today but the weather had other plans,” she tweeted. “Another top-15 in the books and thank you to the Marathon LPGA for a great week. Looking forward to teaming up with Patty Tavatanakit at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational. Team name suggestions are welcome!!”

The result sees Maguire jump three places to 12th on the Race to CME Globe with Hataoka rising 19 places to 15th after the rain meant she completed a six-shot victory at 19-under par.

“Knowing everybody is working really, really hard to try to get this to a 72-hole tournament. I wish it would’ve been able to do it, but with this weather it was really hard,” said Hataoka, who claimed her fourth LPGA Tour title. “I’m happy to be able to win.”

Americans Elizabeth Szokol and Mina Harigae tied for second at -13, with both players earning the best finishes of their LPGA Tour careers. Esther Henseleit of Germany finished solo fourth at -12, with Yuka Saso, Amy Yang, Austin Ernst and Caroline Masson tied for fifth at -11. Defending champion Danielle Kang tied for ninth at -10.

Play was initially suspended at 9:40 a.m., with all players having started their rounds. The LPGA Tour and its on-site meteorologist monitored weather conditions all day and course conditions never improved to the point that play could successfully be resumed. The Monday forecast also calls for more rain and storms in the greater Toledo area.

“Our initial weather forecast called for steady morning rain, but eventual clearer conditions. Unfortunately, the clouds stalled overhead and the rain never let up enough for us to regain playable course conditions,” said Sue Witters, the LPGA Tour’s Vice President of Rules and Competitions. “Our first priority is always to complete four and while we hoped to be able to finish on Monday, the weather forecast was again unfavorable after 11 a.m.

“We wish we could have played four rounds, but we are thankful to the players and our tournament partners for their patience on a very difficult day. We are also incredibly appreciative of superintendent Greg Pattinson and the Highland Meadows grounds crew for their phenomenal work all week and especially in today’s difficult conditions.”

The last LPGA Tour competition to be reduced to 54 holes was the 2020 Cambia Portland Classic, which was adversely affected by wildfires in the Pacific Northwest.

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