Updated: January, 2017

HARU NOMURA

The Facts

Birthday: Unknown
Rookie Year on LPGA: 2011
Birthplace: Japan
LPGA Wins:
2
Best LPGA Major Finish: 8th (2016 Evian Championship)
Best Score: 63 (2014 ShopRite LPGA Classic)
Best Scoring Average For a Year: 70.29 (2016)
Best Season Money Total: $1,228,295 (2016)
Best Season Money Position: 11th (2016)
Most Top Tens/Season: 6 (2016)
Rookie of the Year Finish: 11th
Height: 5'4"
2017 LPGA Status: Category 1
Nicknames: None Known
How's her English?: Unknown
Sponsors: Hanwha
Road to the LPGA: Finished T-39th at 2010 Qualifying School to earn category 20 status for 2011.

Capsule Bio

Haru Nomura plays under the Japanese flag, but her mother is Korean. She lived in Japan until she was seven, then moved to Korea, where she lived until high school. Indeed, she might speak Korean better than she speaks Japanese.

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Nomura started playing golf at age 11. She won the 2009 Japan Women's Amateur, then turned pro the following year in December. She attended LPGA Qualifying School, where she gained limited status for the tour in 2011 by finishing 39th.

Nomura did not have too much success playing on the LPGA tour in 2011 and 2012. She only played one event in 2013, possibly because she lost LPGA playing privileges that year and focused on Japan?

But in 2014, she wsa back on the LPGA, and had markedly improved. That season, she finished 47th on the money list, earning around $353,000 and notching two top tens, including her best finish to date, a solo fourth at the Meijer Classic.

Nomura returned to tour in 2015 with full playing status. Although she did not do quite as well, she did have a tie for tenth at the Sime Darby and a tie for 11th at the Marathon Classic. She wound up making around $272,000 and finished 66th on the money list, thus keeping category 1 status for 2016.

Nomura also played one event on the KLPGA tour in 2015, and made the most of it. That event was her sponsor's, the Hanwha Classic. KLPGA starlet Seon Woo Bae, who has been on the cusp of winning the past two season, took an early lead and kept it for several rounds. Entering Sunday, she had a four shot lead. But on the final hole, Bae struggled, leaving herself a ten footer for bogey which she missed. Nomura missed a birdie to win it outright, but beat Bae in a playoff for her first KLPGA win.

Nomura had a breakthrough season on the LPGA in 2016, grabbing six top tens and two wins. She broke $1 million in earnings for the first time by collecting $1,228,295, which gave her a career best 11th place position on the year ending money list. Her scoring average of 70.29 was more than a full stroke better than her next best.

Nomura got off to a great start to the season with back-to-back 13th places. At her third event, she stared down Lydia Ko to claim the Australian Women's Open, her first career LPGA win. She would take down Ko again a few months later at the Swinging Skirts for her second and final win of the season. Nomura also notched a 2nd place at ShopRite and a tie for 5th in Thailand.

Meanwhile, she also had her best finishes in a Major. She had a tie for 11th at the US Women's Open, then bettered that with a solo 8th at the Evian. This was her first top ten in a Major.

Nomura, playing for Japan, also managed to qualify for the International Crown and the Olympics. The highlight of her week at the Crown was beating Amy Yang in the singles on Sunday; this loss was the difference between Korea winning and finishing second to the US. At the Olympics, Nomura was brilliant. She uncharacteristically whiffed a short putt early in the week. This turned out to be crucial, as she finished just a single shot behind China's Shanshan Feng for the Bronze medal. Still, a tie for 4th (with among other, Amy Yang!) was a great near miss for Japan and Nomura.

Nomura also defended her title at the Hanwha Classic, where she was one of several LPGA stars in the field. But she had to drop out before finishing, and Sung Hyun Park went on to claim one of her 7 wins in 2016 there.

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