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Yokomine wins Fundokin Ladies

ASAKURA, Fukuoka Pref. (Kyodo) Sakura Yokomine came from behind to claim her first victory of the season at the Fundokin Ladies on Sunday.

Tied for second at the start of the day, Yokomine shot a 68 in the final round at Fukuoka Century Golf Club to finish one shot clear of South Korea’s Shin Hyun Ju at 9-under 207.

Yokomine, the top earner on the Japan LPGA Tour last season, pocketed ¥14.4 million from the ¥80 million purse for her 16th career title.

“I was able to play my game,” said Yokomine, who made six birdies, including three in a row from the fourth hole against dropped shots on Nos. 8 and 12.