• Kyodo


New Zealand’s David Smail survived a shaky final round to capture his first title of the season at the Acom International on Sunday.

Smail made his first bogeys of the week in a 2-over-par 73 but still managed to claim a wire-to-wire, two-shot victory on 13-under 271 as closest rival Shingo Katayama failed to capitalize with a 75 in swirling winds at the par-71 Ishioka Golf Club.

“I was trying to keep my shots low today because the winds were unpredictable and it was just a case of being patient and taking each shot at a time,” said Smail.

Taichi Teshima, one of only eight players to go under par in the final round, made a 68 and finished in second while 2004 money rankings winner Katayama, who had started one stroke off the pace, had four bogeys and had to settle for third on 274.

Australian Paul Sheehan finished in fourth on 275 after a 2-over 73.

Yokomine victory

RIFU, Miyagi Pref. (Kyodo) Sakura Yokomine birdied the second extra hole to beat Jeon Mi Jeong in a playoff Sunday to win the Miyagi TV Cup Dunlop Ladies Open for her second career title on the Japan LPGA tour.

Yokomine sank a delicate birdie putt on the decisive hole — the par-5 18th — after hitting her second shot into a greenside bunker and then saw Jeon miss a six-foot birdie attempt at Rifu Golf Club in Miyagi Prefecture.

Both players finished the 54-hole tournament tied at 3-under-par 213. Yokomine shot a 71 while the South Korean tour rookie had a 73.

“It’s been a while since I got my first win. I’m simply happy with this victory,” Yokomine said.

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