Nomura claims first LPGA Tour win in Adelaide
After taking just 26 putts Nomura claimed her first win on the LPGA Tour in Adelaide. Her only previous tournament victory came as a professional in her home country of Japan after turning professional at 17.
The 23-year-old had eight birdies from the 5th to the 17th, including a hat-trick from the 15th, to hold off the more fancied Lydia Ko, who was second, with Karrie Webb a distant third. Charley Hull was tied fourth after a closing 69 with fellow English woman Georgia Hall and Catriona Matthew also in the top 10.
Nomura was round in 65 to finish three ahead of Ko. The World No 1 got within one of Nomura but the putts kept dropping and she sealed the victory with a monster effort at the penultimate hole.
What Nomura said: ““It has a big meaning, a first win on the LPGA Tour. It was surprising that it came early, but it’s just the beginning, I hope.
“What I realised for this week is that I need to believe in my own golf and this week, that’s why I won. If I believed in my golf earlier, then I might have won those previous tournaments as well.”