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Fukushima digs deep in Stanley win

SUSONO, Shizuoka Pref. (Kyodo) Money leader Akiko Fukushima claimed her second victory of the year on the Japan LPGA tour after a final-round 67 gave her a one-shot, come-from-behind win at the Stanley Ladies on Sunday.

Fukushima, who was two shots adrift of leader Ayako Uehara after two rounds, reduced the deficit with a front-nine 34 before moving in front with three birdies in the inward half to finish on 13-under 203 at Tomei Country Club.

Fukushima’s 23rd career win on the tour was worth ?16.2 million and solidified her position at the top of the money list with ?72.4 million, ?14.8 million more than second-place Lee Ji Hee of South Korea. Fukushima has also won twice on the U.S. LPGA Tour.

“I just don’t know what gave me this win and I guess it came because not many players shot low scores today,” Fukushima said.

“To be honest, I haven’t got back into form and the way I played was not convincing enough when I look ahead to the next tournament. I think I still need to try hard to get a better feeling on my golf game,” she added.