• Kyodo


Satoru Hirota came from three strokes behind to win the Yomiuri Open on Sunday after shooting a 5-under-par 67 that gave him his first career title on the Japanese tour.

Hirota made five birdies in a blemish-free final round on his way to a winning total of 18-under 270 at Yomiuri Country Club, finishing one shot clear of Tetsuji Hiratsuka and Shinichi Akiba.

The 32-year-old Hirota earned 20 million yen out of the 100 million yen purse.

Hee holds on for win

NAKATSUGAWA, Gifu Pref. (Kyodo) Overnight leader Ku Ok Hee relied on superb approaches to fire a 1-under-par 71 en route to winning her first title on the Japan LPGA tour in two years at the Apita Circle-K Sunkus Ladies on Sunday.

Ku carded three birdies against two bogeys in the final round to win the tournament by two strokes at 7-under 209 at U-Green Nakatsugawa Golf Club, giving the South Korean her 23rd victory on the tour and a winner’s check of 10.8 million yen.

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