TOJO, Hyogo Pref. – Overnight leader Shingo Katayama held off a late charge by Fiji’s Dinesh Chand with an eagle finish to win his second title in three weeks after shooting a 3-under-par 69 in the final round of the ABC Championship on Sunday.
Katayama teed off with a one-stroke lead and made four birdies, a double bogey and a bogey before capping his round with an impressive eagle putt on the par-5 18th hole to edge Chand by two strokes on 14-under 274 at ABC Golf Club.
It was Katayama’s second title of the year and first since winning the Japan Open earlier this month.
“This was a good tournament because we didn’t know who would win it until the very end,” said Katayama, who claimed the winner’s check of 24 million yen to improve his chances of claiming back-to-back money titles on the Japanese men’s tour.
Chand made things interesting with his eagle on the final hole that tied both players before the Japanese money rankings leader pulled ahead to claim victory.
“I think this must have been also interesting for the people watching. I made some mistakes but I’m glad I was able to keep my focus until the end,” Katayama said.
Chand shot his straight 68 and finished second on 12-under 276 while Daisuke Maruyama (67), South Korean I.J. Chang (67), Jun Kikuchi (67) and Lin Keng-chi of Taiwan (71) took a share of third another stroke back at 11-under.
Yusaku Miyazato (72), an elder brother of Japan LPGA star Ai Miyazato who won her fifth title this season the same day, fell out of contention for his first career title and finished 10th along with Toru Taniguchi (74) on 8-under 280.
Keiichiro Fukabori, who ranks second on the money list behind Katayama, shot a 70 and was back in 15th at 7-under.
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