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Tour veteran Naomichi “Joe” Ozaki put together yet another solid round Sunday to win the Tsuruya Open by three shots for his 31st career victory and first in a year and a half.

Ozaki, playing alongside fellow overnight co-leader Paul Sheehan in a matchplay-like atmosphere, made three birdies in a blemish-free round of 68 on his way to his first title since beating the Australian in a playoff at the Bridgestone Open in October 2003.

Fujii takes playoff

ITO, Shizuoka Pref. (Kyodo) Kasumi Fujii overcame a five-stroke deficit and survived a playoff against overnight leader Akiko Fukushima, to successfully defend her title at the Fujisankei Ladies Classic on Sunday.

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