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Taniguchi claims fourth major title

Kyodo

Toru Taniguchi held on to his overnight lead to win the Japan PGA Championship on Sunday for the fourth major title of his career.

Taniguchi shot a 1-over-par 73 to finish at 4-under 284, one stroke clear of fellow veteran Keiichiro Fukabori at Karasuyamajo Country Club.

Taniguchi carried a one-shot lead into the par-4 18th hole, which features a double-tiered green sloping severely from back to front.

His second shot left Taniguchi a downhill putt of about 50 feet, but the two-time JGTO money list champion lagged his first putt to within tap-in distance for par.

“I was confident that I could two-putt from anywhere on that 18th green,” the 44-year-old said. “For that last hole, I kind of knew the speed of the green because I happened to see tournament officials check the firmness of the green by rolling balls after the third round.”