ICHIHARA, Chiba Pref. (Kyodo) Teenage phenomenon Ryo Ishikawa birdied the final hole to help the men’s regular tour pull off a come-from-behind victory in the Three Tours Championship on Saturday.
Ishikawa made the clutch putt from 10 feet on the par-4 18th hole as the regular tour edged the senior tour by a half point with a winning total of 24.5 after two days of play at King Fields Golf Club. The women’s tour, which led after the opening day, finished third with 23.5.
The regular tour was last after alternate-shot play in the morning but came back in the afternoon singles as Ishikawa beat senior player Tsuneyuki Nakajima and newly crowned Japan LPGA money title winner Miho Koga to pick up a maximum three points in the final threesome.
The annual team competition featured five players from each of the three domestic tours, who used three different tee boxes to make it 7,031 yards for the men from the regular tour, 6,701 yards for the senior players and 6,040 yards for the women.
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