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Last-gasp eagle gives Taniguchi title

Kyodo

Toru Taniguchi drained a dramatic eagle on the last hole to come from behind and successfully defend his title at the Bridgestone Open on Sunday.

The 44-year-old started the day one shot behind fellow veteran Hiroyuki Fujita and South Korea’s Lee Dong Hwan, but a final-round 66 at the par-71 Sodegaura Country Club was enough to give Taniguchi a one-shot victory and his second title of the season.

His 19th career victory on the JGTO Tour earned him ¥30 million.

“This is the first time I have tasted a victory like this. I am delighted,” said Taniguchi, whose win moved him into second on the money list behind Fujita.

“When I hit the shot (for eagle) I couldn’t see because of the light but realized it had gone in when the cheers went up. I was able to post a miraculous win thanks to the support I got from the gallery.”