• Kyodo


South Korea’s Shin Hyun Ju shot a solid 2-under-par 70 in the final round Sunday to claim a one-stroke victory at the Yonex Ladies for her first title on the Japan LPGA tour.

News photoShin Hyun Ju of South Korea waves to the crowd after winning the Yonex Ladies golf tournament
on Sunday in Teradomari, Niigata Prefecture.

Shin, who trailed overnight leader Midori Yoneyama by three shots at one point, rebounded from a bogey on the second hole to make three birdies including an eight-footer at No. 18 that sealed the victory for the 25-year-old.

Shin finished the week on 7-under 209 and earned 10.8 million yen from the 60 million yen purse, the biggest paycheck of her career.

“I got pretty nervous when I was standing over the final putt and I hit it pretty hard, thinking that I still would have a chance to win a playoff even if I miss it,” Shin said.

Shin trailed Yoneyama by three shots through six holes but drew even after sinking a 10-foot birdie putt on the eighth while Yoneyama bogeyed the seventh and ninth to reach the turn.

Shin then birdied the 10th to climb atop the leaderboard for the first time in the tournament and never looked back, denying Yoneyama her third victory of the season.

Yoneyama had an even-par 72 and settled for a tie for second with Yuko Saito, who shot a 68, at 6-under 210.

Izawa ends drought

SHIMA, Fukuoka Pref. (Kyodo) Toshimitsu Izawa cruised to his first victory in over two years on Sunday after firing a 6-under 65 in the final round of the Under Armour KBC Augusta.

Izawa put together seven birdies while blotting his scorecard just the once with a bogey on the 16th at the par-71 Keya Golf Club to record a five-stroke victory on 20-under 264.

Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng also shot a 65 to equal the day’s low score and finished in second along with Ryuichi Oda, who shot 66 in his final round.

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