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Arimura triumphs at rain-shortened Stanley Ladies

Kyodo

Chie Arimura won her third Stanley Ladies title in three years on Sunday, when the defending champ finished with a final-round 36 over nine holes in a tournament reduced to just 27 holes due to bad weather.

Arimura, who finished with a total of 5-under 103, won by one stroke over South Korea’s Song Bo Bae (33), China’s Yang Taoli (36) and Rikako Morita (38) after thick fog limited the final round to the back nine at the 6,520-yard, par-72 Tomei Country Club.

“I got the results I needed to win,” said the 24-year-old, who earned her 12th career victory and her first since the Cyber Agent Ladies in April. “Whether I played that well or not, I’m happy I was able to win.

“There have been harsh opinions from those in the media about the time it’s taken me to win again, as well as comments from fans. Under that kind of criticism, it feels good to win.”

Arimura played in the final group alongside overnight leader Morita. Erina Yamato, who started the final round tied with Arimura a stroke back of Morita, shot a 4-over 40 to finish in a tie for 14th.

Rain forced most of the first round to be played on Saturday, when play started late due to fog and forced the cancellation of the second round.

The winner’s prize in the ¥90 million tournament was reduced by 25 percent to ¥12.15 million. This was the first tournament since the 2007 Stanley Ladies to be played over just 27 holes.