ICHIHARA, CHIBA PREF. – Chie Arimura held on to her overnight lead to win her first title of the Japan LPGA season in the Cyber Agent Ladies on Sunday.
The 24-year-old Arimura started the day in a tie with South Korea’s Lee Ji Woo but pulled away with a bogey-free 65 to finish five strokes ahead of Sakura Yokomine for her 11th career victory.
Lee faded in the final round with a 74, ending up with a share of ninth place.
Arimura had missed the first three events of the year with a nagging injury to her left wrist. She picked up a winner’s check of ¥12.6 million.
“I managed to finish the round with a birdie, and it just feels so good to win like this,” Arimura said at the Tsurumai Country Club, where she had a three-round total of 15-under 201.
“It’s a huge monkey off my back. I couldn’t be happier. There were some pretty tough times because of the injury to my wrist, but through it all, I learned how to concentrate better on the golf itself,” she said.
Ahn Sun Ju, the money title winner the last two years, finished fifth with an 8-under total.