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Ayako Okamoto will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla., golf sources said Tuesday.

The 54-year-old Okamoto will become the third Japanese to join the Hall of Fame following Hisako Higuchi in 2003 and Isao Aoki in 2004.

The official announcement is expected to be made shortly, with the induction ceremony taking place later this year.

Okamoto, who shifted her playing base from Japan to the United States in 1983, led in earnings on the U.S. LPGA tour with four victories in 1987 and went on to win 14 more titles outside of Japan.

The former softball player who made her debut on the Japan tour in 1975 has 62 wins in her career, including 44 earned in Japan. She was named the money queen for the first time with eight wins in 1981.

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