• Kyodo


South Korea’s S.K. Ho completed a wire-to-wire victory at the JCB Classic Sendai tournament Sunday after shooting a solid 2-under-par 69 in the final round for his fifth career title on the Japanese tour and second this year.

Ho made two birdies in a blemish-free round and held off a late charge by Shinichi Yokota on his way to a one-short victory at a 19-under 265 total on the par-71 Omote Zao Kokusai Golf Club course.

The 20 million yen winner’s paycheck out of the 100 million yen purse moved the 31-year-old, who won the Japan PGA Championship for the second straight year three weeks ago, to the top of this year’s money list with 51.7 million yen.

Kawasaki takes title

NISHIGO, Fukushima Pref. (Kyodo) Overnight leader Mitsuko Kawasaki struggled to cope with strong winds and a tough final-round setup Sunday but hung on to win the Resort Trust Ladies by two shots for her second career victory.

Kawasaki, who surged into a three-shot lead with a 65 on Saturday, had a 3-over 75 in the final round for a winning total of 8-under 208 at Grandee Nasu Shirakawa Golf Club.

The 28-year-old finished the day with one birdie, two bogeys and a double bogey in difficult conditions, which sent scores soaring.

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