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Saiki holds on at Vantelin Ladies

Kyodo

Overnight leader Miki Saiki held on to post her first victory of the season at the Vantelin Ladies Open on Sunday.

Saiki birdied her final two holes in a round of 2-under-par 71 to finish one stroke ahead of Ritsukyo Ryu with a 54-hole total of 4-under 212. She earned ¥10.8 million from the ¥60 million purse.

“When it (the winning putt) went in, well, I don’t know what to say, I was so happy,” said Saiki, who underwent neck surgery last December. “I didn’t think I would be able to get back to my best so quickly.”

Victory was the sixth of Saiki’s career and first since winning the Elleair Ladies Open last November.