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Moromizato wins second major of season

Kyodo News

Shinobu Moromizato continued her dominant form on Sunday with a six-shot victory at the Japan LPGA Championship Konica Minolta Cup.

Moromizato picked up her third win in four weeks and sixth for the season after closing with a 1-over 73 for a 6-under 282 total at Gifuseki Country Club.

The 23-year-old from Okinawa is also 2-for-2 in majors now, having won the World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup in May.

“I tried to concentrate on my golf,” Moromizato said. “I was able to give my 100 percent.”

Moromizato began the day two shots clear but bogeyed two of the first three holes to hand a share of the lead to Yukari Baba in the final round.

But the one-time U.S. LPGA player quickly offset them with birdies on the fourth and sixth, while Baba bogeyed those two holes and stayed on a downward slide.

Moromizato finished with three birdies and four bogeys for the third major title and ninth overall victory of her career.

“I have luck and I’m on a role. Now I’ve won two weeks in a row. I’ll definitely try for a third straight win,” she said.

South Korea’s Jeon Mi Jeong was second with a 69.

Chie Arimura (72), Brazilian-born Maria Iida (75) and Baba (78) shared third at 1-over 289.

Sakura Yokomine carded a 72 to tie for 10th at 4-over.

Momoko Ueda (73) was two strokes further back in a tie for 15th.

Ishikawa struggles

CHEONAN , South Korea (Kyodo) Ryo Ishikawa struggled to a 2-over 73 to finish in a tie for 15th at the Korea Open on Sunday.

Teeing off five shots off the pace, Ishikawa, who turns 18 on Thursday, made four birdies against six bogeys to finish on even-par 284 at the OneAsia Tour event at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club.

“My swing wasn’t consistent. I wasn’t able to maintain good form,” said Ishikawa, who came into the tournament buoyed by his third victory of the season in Japan at last week’s Fuijisankei Classic.

South Korea’s Bae Sang Moon came from behind to successfully defend his title, shooting a 67 to finish one shot ahead of compatriot Kim Dae Sub (69) on 10-under.

Kim Kyung Tae closed with a 68 and was another three strokes back tied for third place with Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, who shot a 72.

Azuma Yano carded a 68 and tied for 11th on 1-under.