Overnight leader Yasuharu Imano held steady with a final-round 67 to win the season-ending Nippon Series JT Cup on Sunday, capping his best year on the tour with his sixth career victory.

Imano carded five birdies against two bogeys for an 11-under-par 269 total at Tokyo Yomiuri Country Club, giving him a two-shot win over Shinichi Yokota and his second title of the year.

“I’m relieved. I thought if I couldn’t win, I would’ve lacked mental strength,” said Imano, who grabbed a one-shot lead by firing a bogey-free 63 in the third round.

With the winner’s paycheck of 30 million yen, Imano leapfrogged South Korea’s S.K. Ho and Keiichiro Fukabori to finish second on the money list, the best showing of his 10-year professional career.

Imano earned 118 million yen, his first time to exceed the 100 million yen mark.

Taichi Teshima posted the day’s best score of 65 and was tied for third place with Toru Taniguchi (66) at 8-under 272.

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