• Kyodo


Yuri Fudo saved her best for last again as she put together a sparkling 6-under-par 66 to come from behind for the second week running to capture the Japan LPGA Championship Konica Minolta Cup on Sunday.

Teeing off two shots off the pace in fourth, Fudo, who overturned a five-shot deficit on the final day to win last week’s Golf 5 ladies, mounted another late charge with four birdies through her last eight holes to see off rival Ai Miyazato and take her fourth title of the season.

Fudo, who is gunning for her sixth money title in a row, closed out on total of 10-under 278 and knocked Miyazato off the top of the money rankings after collecting the 12.6 million yen winners check.

It was the 28-year-old’s first Japan LPGA Championship title in two years and the 36th tour victory of her career.

Miyazato, 20, had to settle for second, with another popular young star Sakura Yokomine sharing third with overnight leader Shiho Oyama on 282.

Imano takes Suntory

INZAI, Chiba Pref. (Kyodo) Yasuharu Imano fired a 2-under-par 68 to complete a wire-to-wire victory at the Suntory Open on Sunday.

Imano, who led the first three rounds with 65-64-70, made three birdies against a bogey at Sobu Country Club’s par-70 Sobu Course to beat Mamoru Osanai by two shots and win his first tour win in three years.

Shingo Katayama finished in third place on 271 after shooting a final-round 69.

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