Oda wins ANA Open by four strokes


Overnight leader Komei Oda shot a 4-under-par 68 in the final round Sunday for a four-stroke victory at the ANA Open in Hokkaido.

The 35-year-old wrapped up the tournament in style, sinking four birdies in a bogey-free journey over Sapporo Golf Club’s Wattsu Course for his first title of the season and sixth of his career.

“Today was not the most nerve-wracking day,” Oda said. “From the time I began my practice, I was really getting good rotation and distance with my driver, and I played my round thinking I was going to win.

“Then when I sank that birdie putt on No. 11 from about 80 feet, I felt it was going to happen.”

Oda, who ended a title drought stretching back to the 2011 Diamond Cup, closed at 15-under 273, four shots ahead of South Korea’s Lee Kyoung-hoon and first-round leader Shingo Katayama.