Miyazato claims second career title


Yusaku Miyazato rallied with a final-round 6-under-par 65 to win his second career title at the Token Homemate Cup on Sunday.

Miyazato, one of the brothers of U.S. LPGA star Ai Miyazato, fired off eight birdies against two bogeys at the par-71 Tado Country Club Nagoya to close at 14-under 270 for a two-shot win over Hiroshi Iwata.

The 33-year-old Miyazato’s previous win came at last year’s season-ending Nippon Series JT Cup.

“I am relieved. My hands were shaking at the end,” said Miyazato. “It is said that it is harder to win your second title than your first and I really felt that.”

Miyazato, who reeled off five straight birdies from the first hole to move to the top of the leaderboard, collected ¥26 million and takes top spot in the money rankings.

Komei Oda finished in third place at 11 under. Overnight leader Daisuke Maruyama faded in the final round and a 3-over 74 saw him close in a tie for 14th at 6 under.

Yujiro Ohori, the 22-year-old winner of last year’s Japan Amateur Championship, finished tied for 19th on his pro debut at 4 under.