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LIVE BLOG | LPGA Dana Open: Gaby Lopez wins 2022 LPGA Dana Open, shooting 8 under on final day

The best women's golfers from all around the world teed off Thursday at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania.

SYLVANIA, Ohio — The best women's golfers from around the world took center stage once again this September competing in northwest Ohio as the LPGA Tour made its annual stop for the Dana Open.

The first round began on Thursday morning and play continued through Sunday's final round at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania. 

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4:00 p.m.

Mexican Gaby Lopez won the 2022 Dana Open presented by Marathon on Sunday. Lopez finished at -18, shooting -8 on the day. 

Entering the final round Lopez was four shots back of the leader 19-year-old Lucy Li who led for much of the tournament. Li shot -1 on the day.

American Megan Khang finished the day as runner-up at -17. 

This is the third career victory for Lopez who has been playing on the tour since the 2015/2016 season.

It's her third time playing in the tournament. In 2018 she failed to make the cut and in 2016 she finished tied for 44th place.

Lopez takes home $262,500 as the winner of this year's tournament.


5:00 p.m.

Lucy Li is the clubhouse leader at -14 entering the final round on Sunday after shooting a -4 on Saturday.

Lexi Thompson and Caroline Masson both shot -6 on Saturday and sit at -13 under, just one shot back of Li entering Sunday.

Lydia Ko, a former two-time winner of the tournament, shot a third round best of -7, and now sits three shots back of Li at -11. 

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8:15 a.m.

Co-leader Ruoning Yin is out early today and even par through three holes. She shares the lead with Hye-Jin Choi (8:37 a.m.) and Carlota Ciganda (1:26 p.m.).

Among the group one shot back at 5-under are World No. 7 Lexi Thompson (1:15 p.m.) and World No. 4 and two-time Dana Open champion Lydia Ko, who just teed off.

10 a.m.

A birdie at No. 11 gave Choi the solo lead at 7-under. Yin is even par on her round through 10 holes - one shot back.

A Lim Kim has also joined the group at 6-under. She's 2-under through five holes on the round.

Ko remains at 5-under. She's even par today through seven.

11:15 a.m.

Choi made birdie from the greenside bunker at 18 to move to 8-under. She's got a one-shot lead over Lucy Li, who is 4-under on her first eight holes.


The best round today so far belongs to Wei-Ling Hsu, who is 6-under on the round and 8-under for the tournament, and sits atop the leaderboard with Li and Yin. Hsu has six birdies and no bogies as she plays the fifth hole, her 14th of the day.

Li, who is -5 today, has also been on a birdie binge. Choi is now one shot behind at -7.

12:40 p.m.

Li birdied the par-4 third to grab the outright lead at 9-under. Yin is in the clubhouse after shooting a 2-under 69. She is one shot behind.

Choi is in third at -7.

1:50 p.m.

Li opened up a two-shot lead with a birdie at 6. She's playing the ninth - her last hole of the day.

2:15 p.m.

19-year-old Lucy Li is your leader by two strokes after a sparkling round of 64.

Yin is two back at -8 after firing a 2-under 69 today. Wei-Ling Hsu and Hye-Jin Choi are three back at -7 after shooting 66 and 70, respectively.

Lexi Thompson is at 4-under and 1-over for the day after three holes. Stacy Lewis is +2 for the tournament through five holes.

The projected cut line sits at -1.

3:05 p.m.

Carlota Ciganda, Caroline Masson and Amy Olson could be in the best position of anyone to join Li atop the leaderboard. All three are 7-under, three shots behind, playing the front nine.

Thompson gave another shot back to the field with a bogey at 15, but got it back with a birdie at 16. She's +1 for the round and -4 for the tournament.

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Lexi Thompson hits an iron from the fairway on No. 1 during the second round of the Dana Open.

4:05 p.m.

Thompson finished the back nine with three consecutive birdies to move to 6-under for the tournament, four shots behind the leader Li.

4:45 p.m.

Thompson birdied the par 4 third to join the group of six players at 7-under for the tournament, three shots behind Li.

5:50 p.m.

Thompson pars 8 and 9 to finish with a 2-under 69. She's 7-under for the tournament and three shots behind.

Ciganda has joined Yin at 8-under.

7 p.m.

19-year-old Lucy Li will take a two-shot lead into the weekend at 10-under. Carlota Ciganda and Ruoning Yin are two shots back at 8-under.

World No. 7 Lexi Thompson and No. 9 Nasa Hataoka, the defending champion, are two of five players tied at 7-under. 

You can see the entire leaderboard here.


8:20 a.m.

The early morning groups are off and running, and Germany's Isi Gabsa has started her round with three straight birdies. She leads at 3-under par.

World No. 7 Lexi Thompson teed off about 10 minutes ago. She is playing the first two rounds with defending champion and World No. 9 Nasa Hataoka.

10:10 a.m.

Maria Fassi and Emily Kristine Pedersen are tied atop the leaderboard at 3-under through nine holes.

After a hot start, Gabsa made back-to-back bogies at holes 15 and 16. She is 1-under through 10, having started her round on the back nine.

Toledo-born Stacy Lewis is 1-under through nine.

Credit: Jay Skebba / WTOL 11
Lexi Thompson tees off an No. 10 during the first round of the Dana Open at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

11 a.m.

Pedersen is up to 4-under with a birdie at the par-4 13th. Minjee Lee and Lauren Stephenson have joined Fassi at 3-under, one shot behind the leader.

11:30 a.m.

Stephenson birdied the seventh hole, her fourth birdie in the front side, to move to 4-under. She's joined at the top with Pederson, Lee, Carlota Ciganda and Hyo Joo Kim.

There are five players at 3-under.

12:30 p.m.

Pedersen had some trouble around the green at the par-5 18th, but made a putt from about five feet to save par. She and Stephenson are tied for the lead, each shooting a 5-under 66.

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Emily Kristine Pedersen walks off the 18th green after saving par during the first round of the Dana Open at Highland Meadows Golf Club.

Ciganda is also at 5-under through 15. Five players are one shot back at 4-under, including Lexi Thompson, who has birdied three of her last four holes.

Thompson is playing the 17th.

1:15 p.m.

Thompson was unable to birdie the par-5 18th after a poor third shot, but saved par and turned in a 5-under 66. She was in a five-way tie for first until Ciganda birdied the 18th in the group behind her to card a 6-under 65 and take over solo first.

Stephenson, Pedersen and Kim are tied with Thomson in second.

2:10 p.m.

Amy Olson birdied the 18th to turn in a bogey-free round of 66. She's part of the six-way tie for the second. Aline Krauter also shot 66 to join the group one shot back.

The youngest player in the field, 14-year-old Gianna Clemente, shot a 2-over 73.

3:30 p.m.

World No. 4 and two-time Dana Open champion Lydia Ko has one of the best rounds going of the afternoon wave. She birdied the 17th to move to 3-under through eight.

2008 champion Paula Creamer is making her return to golf this week after having a baby in January. She is 3-over after making double bogey at No. 9.

4:10 p.m.

Hye-Jin Choi has birdied five of her first 10 holes and is in a tie for second with plenty of holes left. Ko is 4-under through 11.

Angela Stanford is 4-under through nine and Ruoning Yin is 4-under through 15.

5 p.m.

There is now a three-way tie atop the leaderboard. 

Hye-Jin Choi, the 18th-ranked golfer in the world, birdied the 13th to move to 6-under. Ruoning Yin made birdie at the 18th to finish with a 6-under 65.

Both are tied with Carlota Ciganda.

6:25 p.m.

Hye-Jin Choi, Ruoning Yin and Carlota Ciganda are tied for the lead at 6-under following the first round of play.

Eight players are tied for second at 5-under, including World No. 4 Lydia Ko and No. 7 Lexi Thompson. You can view the full leaderboard here


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