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Fudo holds nerve to claim 50th win

Kyodo

Joint overnight leader Yuri Fudo held steady to claim her 50th Japan LPGA Tour victory at the Cyber Agent Ladies on Sunday.

Fudo shot a 4-under-par 68 to capture her second consecutive win of the campaign, closing out at 10-under 206, three shots clear of last year’s winner Shin Ji Yai of South Korea.

The 34-year-old from Kumamoto is only the fourth player on the JLPGA Tour to post 50 wins after Hisako Higuchi, Ayako Okamoto and Taiwan’s Tu Ai-yu.

“When I heard it was my 50th win I thought ‘Have I really won that many titles,’?” said Fudo. “The win that sticks in my mind most is my first (at the 1999 Itoen Ladies).”

A six-time money title winner in Japan, Fudo won the Nishijin Ladies Classic in front of her home fans a fortnight ago and sat out last week’s Fujisankei Ladies Classic.