Yokomine cuts gap on Moromizato

CHONAN, Chiba Pref. (Kyodo) Sakura Yokomine gained ground on Shinobu Moromizato in the race for the Japan LPGA money title after registering a wire-to-wire victory at the Itoen Ladies on Sunday.

Yokomine, who led by one shot after completing the remainder of the second round suspended due to darkness on Saturday, made four birdies and a bogey in a 69 to finish four strokes clear of Ayako Uehara (71) on 10-under 206.

The popular 23-year-old’s fifth win of the season earned ¥16.2 million in prize money, leaving her just under ¥4 million behind rankings leader Moromizato in second place with two events of the season remaining.

“I started with a birdie and that put me on a roll,” said Yokomine. “I don’t really want to think too much about winning the money title because it will put me under pressure. I have just got to stick to my game in the last two tournaments.”