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Miyazato, Ueda finish LPGA event in second

PRIDDIS GREENS, Alberta (Kyodo) Ai Miyazato and countrywoman Momoko Ueda finished in a tie for second place at the Canadian Women’s Open on Sunday.

Miyazato made a valiant charge but came up short in her bid for a second title of the season, closing along with Ueda on 10-under 274 in a five-way tie. Ueda’s result was her best yet on the LPGA tour.

Miyazato, who teed off eight strokes adrift in sixth, rolled in five birdies against a lone bogey for a final-round 67 while Ueda shot a 65, gaining momentum with six birdies on the back nine.

“My shots were steady even though there was a lot of wind on the back nine. I finished strong,” said Miyazato, who came within one foot of the hole on her third shot from a bunker on the par-5 12th for a birdie before sinking three consecutive birdies on Nos. 14, 15 and 16.

Ueda, whose previous best performance was a fifth-place finish, said she was satisfied all around with her play down the home stretch.

“My last putt (on No. 18) brightened this entire year for me. On the back nine, I could play well since I felt confident about my putting, shots and approach shots,” said Ueda, who drained a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole.

Norway’s Suzann Pettersen (70) won her first title of the season, claiming her sixth career victory with a five-stroke lead on 15-under 269.