Green Second, Lee Third as Hatoka Stars in Hollywood

Green’s fellow West Australian Minji Lee took third at Wilshire Country Club.

Green did not get close despite three front nine birdies and another birdie on the 15th, trailing last-round teammate Hatoka by four shots at the start of the game on Sunday.

Tough par-4 in the round of three-under 68 was the only fault of a bogey green on sixth that left him at 10-under for the week.

Green, who won twice in 2019 including her only Major, has three top-10s on the LPGA Tour in 2022 but hasn’t been better than second since the HSBC Women’s World Championship in April last year.

“Definitely, really happy with how things are going,” said the West Australian.

Green Second, Lee Third as Hatoka Stars in Hollywood

Hataoka with the spoils of your victory. Photo: Michael Owens/Getty Images.

“It was nice to be a little more consistent.

“Last week I got off to a great start and then couldn’t keep it up in Hawaii.

“So, I feel like once I heat up the putter, I’m very excited to see what’s to come.”

Hatoka, now a six-time champion on the LPGA Tour, recorded a four-under 67 closing round for a five-stroke victory.

A bogey on the 72nd hole left him at 15-under 269, one stroke from the tournament record set by Brooke Henderson last year.

World No. 5 Lee finished with birdies in the 12th, 15th and 16th holes.

Green Second, Lee Third as Hatoka Stars in Hollywood

Minjie Lee finished third on Sunday. Photo: Michael Owens/Getty Images.

The 2019 LA Open winner signed for 68 to get seven-under and tie with South Korean star Inby Park (70) and Swede Madeleine Sagstrom (66)).

After seven straight passes, Hatoka finished the tournament in par-4 15th place when he raced into a 35-foot eagle putt to open a six-stroke lead.

“My putting was good all week,” she said.

“and that is all.”

Top-ranked Jin Young Ko scored 75 runs at two-under to tie 21st with Hatoka with three holes left on Saturday before a bogey-quadruple bogey-birdie finish.

The South Korean ace did a four-put double bogey in the par-3 7th position.

The LPGA Tour remains in LA for the Palos Verdes Championships beginning on Thursday.

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