• Kyodo


Yuri Fudo came from behind to edge teen star Ai Miyazato by one shot and win the Japan LPGA Tour Championship on Sunday, claiming her seventh title of the year that gave her a record fifth straight money title on the tour.

Fudo, who began the day two shots off overnight leader Miyazato, shot a final-round 71 and wrapped up the tournament at Miyazaki Country Club with a 72-hole total of 2-under-par 286.

Miyazato had a 74 and finished tied for second with Michie Oba.

The 19-year-old Miyazato, winner of five tournaments this year, could have dethroned Fudo from the top of the official money list with a victory coupled with Fudo’s failure to finish inside the top seven in the last tour event of the season.

Smail edges Mahan

KAIMON, Kagoshima Pref. (Kyodo) Overnight leader David Smail of New Zealand held off the challenge of American Hunter Mahan on Sunday to close on 12-under-par 276 and win his second title in three years at the Casio World Open.

Smail, who teed off with a two-stroke lead over Mahan, carded four birdies and three bogeys in a round of 71 at Ibusuki Golf Club, edging Mahan by one shot with a birdie on the par-5 final hole for his third career title in eight seasons on the Japanese tour.

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