• Kyodo


Andre Stolz of Australia captured his first title on the Japanese tour after shooting an even-par 71 for the third straight day on Sunday for a one-stroke victory in the season-opening Token Homemate Cup.

Teeing off on the Tokentado Country Club Nagoya course in Mie Prefecture one stroke off the lead, Stolz went top of the leaderboard with a birdie on the fourth and then picked up another shot on the next hole.

And despite two bogeys on the back nine, he held on for the victory with a 6-under 278 total.

Stolz said he was delighted with the title, his first win outside Australia and New Zealand.

Tadahiro Takayama carded four birdies against two bogeys en route to a 69 on the wind-swept 7,047-yard course to share second place at 5-under 279 with Nobuhiro Masuda and overnight leader Tsuyoshi Yoneyama, who could only manage a 73.

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