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Fifth-year pro Katsumune Imai maintained the top spot on the leaderboard from the first day on and went on to clinch his first victory on the JGTO men’s tour with a 24-under-par 264 total at the Casio World Open on Sunday.

The 31-year-old Imai teed off with a five-stroke advantage and produced six birdies against a sole bogey at Ibusuki Golf Club in Kagoshima Prefecture, while Shingo Katayama shot his third straight 66 to climb into a share of second along with Brendan Jones of Australia (67).

Fudo triumphs

MIYAZAKI (Kyodo) Yuri Fudo won the Japan LPGA Tour Championship for her 25th career victory with a 9-under-par 279 total Sunday to become the first golfer to record 10 wins in a single season in Japan.

The 27-year-old Fudo, who had already secured herself a money title for the fourth year in a row earlier this month, pocketed the winner’s prize of 15 million yen at Miyazaki Country Club in Miyazaki Prefecture.

Fudo, who finished third in the season-ending four-day tournament last year, carded three birdies and one bogey for a 2-under 70 to close out with a five-stroke advantage over U.S. LPGA tour regular Akiko Fukushima and South Korea’s Lee Ji Hee.

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