Nomura finishes in tie for fifth in Thailand


Harukyo Nomura finished in a three-way tie for fifth at the Honda LPGA Thailand on Sunday, unable to add to her first U.S. LPGA tour title from last week.

Nomura carded six birdies and two bogeys in a final-round 68 at the par-72 Siam Country Club’s Pattaya Old Course. She finished with a four-round total of 11-under-par 277. American Lexi Thompson went 20 under to win by six strokes.

Nomura had a bogey on No. 5, but a birdie on No. 7 brought her back to even par. She sank a 13-feet birdie putt on No. 9 and started the back nine with another birdie on No. 10 and finished in a flurry with three birdies and a bogey over the final four holes.

“There was some gap between me and the leader, and I just had to go for it,” Nomura said. “And in the end, I managed to finish under-par (on the final day too).”

Her place in the world ranking is set to rise from her current No. 48, and that could earn her a selection to this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

“I was feeling good throughout,” she said. “I’m on a good run: winning last week and now in the top five. I want to keep riding it.”