Choi rallies for Hamamatsu victory


American Jay Choi overcame a five-stroke deficit on Sunday to capture the Totoumi Hamamatsu Open, pipping third-round leader Yoshinori Fujimoto by a stroke.

The 28-year-old notched seven birdies in a bogie-free final-round 65. Choi finished at 16-under par 272 to capture his first victory on the JGTO tour and take home the ¥20 million winner’s check.

Fujimoto, who led from the opening round and was also chasing a first victory on tour, bogeyed twice through the final four holes to fall into second place with a final round of 71.

Hideto Tanihara (70) finished alone in third a further stroke back, while Australian Kurt Barnes (65) matched Choi’s seven-birdie round to finish fourth at 13-under. South Korea’s S.K. Ho (69) was a stroke back in fifth.