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Toshimi Kimura shot a 2-under-par 71 in the final round of the New Caterpillar Mitsubishi Ladies tournament Sunday as she cruised to her ninth career title and first in two years with a three-shot victory.

Kimura, who took a one-shot lead into the final round, made five birdies against a bogey and a double-bogey on her way to a 9-under 210 total on the par-73 course of the Daihakone Country Club.

Kimura, playing in her 18th year on the Japan LPGA tour, picked up three strokes through 13 holes before missing a one-foot putt for bogey on the par-4 14th to see her lead cut to two shots.

The 35-year-old earned 10.8 million yen out of the tournament’s 60 million yen purse.

Japanese No. 1 and money leader Yuri Fudo had a final-round 71 and finished tied in second with Kasumi Fujii at 6-under 213, one stroke ahead of Akiko Fukushima and Chieko Amanuma.

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