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Kawai captures Japan PGA title

Kyodo

Hiroo Kawai claimed a long-awaited first title of his career Sunday with a two-shot victory over South Korea’s Bae Sang Moon at the Japan PGA Championship.

The 39-year-old Kawai shot a 3-under 68 to finish at 9-under 275 at Onotoyo Golf Club, earning 30 million in prize money and a five-year exemption on the tour.

Bae fell short with a 70 after starting the day tied for the lead with Kawai.

Ryo Ishikawa finished out of the top 10 for the third consecutive event, tying for 12th at 2 over after a 70.