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Keiichiro Fukabori defeated overnight coleader Yasuharu Imano in a playoff to capture his second title of the season at the ANA Open on Sunday.

News photoKeiichiro Fukabori is all smiles after winning the ANA Open on Sunday in Kitahiroshima,

Fukabori bogeyed his first hole but rebounded with five birdies for a 68 while Imano highlighted his round with an eagle on the 17th, leaving both men tied at 14-under 274 in regulation.

But Fukabori, who shot a course-record 62 on Friday, birdied the first playoff hole on the 18th at Sapporo Golf Club’s Wattsu Course to claim victory and deny Imano back-to-back titles after last week’s Suntory Open winner could only match par.

“To come back at the end and take it into a playoff and win is great. Everything went really well,” said Fukabori, who won this tournament in 1998.

Fukabori’s eighth tour victory earned him the top prize of 20 million yen from the 100 million yen event in Hokkaido.

Thailand’s Chawalit Plaphol, who had also held a share of the third-round lead, shot a 69 and finished tied for third on 275 with Australian Steven Conran (66) and Hidemasa Hoshino (68).

Tomohiro Kondo closed out alone in sixth on 276.

Oyama’s second title

INABE, Mie Pref. (Kyodo) Shiho Oyama won her second career title on the Japan LPGA tour Sunday, shooting a final-round 66 to claim a two-stroke victory at the Munsingwear Tokai Classic.

Oyama, who began the day three shots adrift of overnight leader Kaori Higo, put together six birdies in a bogey-free round on her way to a 10-under-par 206 total at Ryosen Golf Club.

Higo shot a 72 and settled for second at 209.

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