Saiki holds on for Fujisankei victory


Overnight leader Miki Saiki held on to capture her second JLPGA title in a row with a three-shot victory at the Fujisankei Ladies Classic on Sunday.

Teeing off with a one-stroke lead, the 28-year-old Saiki pulled away with six birdies and one bogey in a final round of 67, adding to her first victory of the season at last week’s Vantelin Ladies Open.

She wrapped up the tournament with a 54-hole total of 14-under 202.

Sakura Yokomine, who was in contention at last week’s event before fading badly in the final round and winding up in a tie for 17th, overcame a bogey on her first hole with six birdies to place second at 11 under. South Korea’s Kang Soo Yun also had a 67 and was third at 10 under.

The victory was the seventh of Saiki’s career and her winner’s check of ¥14.4 million sent her to the top of the money rankings, eight events into the 2013 campaign.

It was also Saiki’s second Fujisankei Ladies Classic title after winning here in 2007.