Wilson takes JPGA crown

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES The reward for the 31-year-old Hawaii native, whose only previous victory came in the Aiful Cup in July last year, is a five-year exemption in addition to the 22 million yen winner’s check that lifted him to third place in this year’s money list.Wilson said the five-year exemption on the Japanese tour will help him take another shot at obtaining a U.S. PGA Tour card — probably this year — after coming up short seven times in the past.On Sunday, Wilson played safely as he took the turn after an even-par 36 on the front nine, but the three-putted twice — his first three putts of the week — to bogey the 10th and 13th.With the title all but guaranteed, he carded another bogey on the final hole, but sealed the wire-to-wire victory as the only player to score a sub-par total on the tough, hilly 7,002-yard layout.Hideki Kase had the lowest round of the day with a 67 and moved into second place at 1-over 285, followed by Taiwan’s Hsieh Chin-sheng another stroke behind after a final-round 71.Last year’s runner-up Satoshi Higashi shot a 73 and finished fourth at 288, one stroke ahead of Eduardo Herrera of Colombia, who had a 69. Leading money earner Shingo Katayama settled for a tie for 18th at 9-over 293. Shiotani takes VernalAMAGI, Fukuoka Pref.(Kyodo) Veteran Ikuyo Shiotani kept her cool to win the Vernal Ladies golf tournament at the Fukuoka Century Golf Club on Sunday, beating Mineko Nasu at the second extra hole to secure his first victory in four years.Shiotani carded three birdies against just one bogey over the 6,516-yard, par-72 layout in Fukuoka Prefecture to finish the regulation 54 holes even with overnight leader Nasu at even-par 216.In the playoff, par on the 533-yard, par-5 18th hole was good enough to seal the win for Shiotani after Nasu could only manage a double-bogey. “Mineko was playing the better golf and I knew I had to keep at it until the end and fortunately I was able to do so” said Shiotani, who won the Japan LPGA’s overall money title in 1992 and 1995.It was the 18th career victory for the Nagoya native but her first since the 1997 Suntory Ladies.South Korea’s Lee Ji Hee had the best round of the day with a 68, moving into a share of third place with Fuki Kido and Taiwan’s Cheng Mei-chi. Defending champion Yuri Fudo, saw her hopes of a repeat victory fall away with a bogey and a double-bogey on the front nine, ending with a disappointing 75 and a tie for 10th. center_img MAEBARU, Fukuoka – Dean Wilson took full advantage of his eight-shot lead at the start of the final round Sunday, coasting to a four-stroke victory in the Japan PGA Championship for his first major title on the Japanese tour.Wilson had a final-round 74 on his way to a 3-under-par 281 total at the par-71 Queen’s Hill Golf Club in Fukuoka Prefecture to become only the sixth foreign winner in the tournament’s 76-year history.last_img

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