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Morita claims second win of season

Kyodo

Overnight leader Rikako Morita captured her second win of the season on Sunday and returned to the top of the money rankings, despite carding a 2-over-par 74 in the final round of the Chukyo TV Ladies.

Morita, winner of the season-opening Daikin Orchid Ladies, had an up-and-down front nine of two birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey at Chukyo Golf Club’s Ishino course.

But the 23-year-old parred all nine holes after the turn, and that proved to be good enough for a one-shot win over South Korea’s Jeon Mi Jeong, who shot a 68.

“I went out of bounds on the sixth hole and could not get any birdies (on the back nine) so it was a struggle,” said Morita. “It is the first time I have ever been so nervous.”

“It felt different to when I have previously gone into the final day in the lead. I’ll try and get a better score on the final day of the next tournament.”

Morita, who finished at 8-under 208 for her fourth career title, earned ¥12.6 million to leapfrog Miki Saiki back to the top of the money standings.