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Ueda ends three-year title drought

Kyodo

Former money winner Momoko Ueda captured the CAT Ladies by a single shot to end a three-year drought on Sunday.

“It was a long time. A really, really long time,” said a tearful Ueda, a former U.S. LPGA Tour cardholder who won for the first time since November 2011 — her 10th title in Japan. “It’s been difficult, but I was excited all day today.

“I kept reminding myself to stay aggressive, and I managed to do that throughout the round.”

The 28-year-old Ueda, once one of Japan’s brightest stars alongside Ai Miyazato and Sakura Yokomine, shot a 69 on the final day to finish with a 9-under 210 at the Daihakone Country Club, holding off last season’s money queen Rikako Morita, who started the day with a three-stroke lead over Ueda.