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Overnight leader Shingo Katayama fired his second 8-under-par 64 of the week to cruise to a nine-stroke victory over Katsumasa Miyamoto at the ABC Championship on Sunday.

Teeing off two strokes clear, Katayama birdied five of his last seven holes in a blemish-free final round at ABC Golf Club to ease to his second victory of the season and 14th overall with a four-day total of 23-under 265.

The victory earned the Japan PGA winner 24 million yen and took his combined earnings for the season at home and abroad to more than 100 million yen for the fourth straight year.

“Considering that (Miyamoto) closed the gap to one stroke on the front nine, to win by nine strokes is very satisfying and I’m especially pleased with the way I played after the turn,” Katayama said.

Takesue wins first

MIKI, Hyogo Pref. (Kyodo) Overnight leader Hiromi Takesue shot a final-round 2-under-par 70 to beat Australian star Karrie Webb and Michie Oba by four strokes and claim the first title of her career at the Masters GC Ladies on Sunday.

The 21-year-old, who recovered from a high fever to take a one-shot lead after a 66 Saturday, held steady with two birdies and a bogey at Masters Golf Club to close with a three-day total of 10-under-par 206.

Six-time major winner Webb had three birdies against two bogeys for a 71, while Oba earned a share of second after a bogey-free round of 67.

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