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Arimura captures first title of season

Kyodo

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.