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Teresa Lu takes Konica Minolta title by two shots

QUARTET:Of the 61-player field in the final round, only Lu, compatriot Phoebe Yao, and two others managed to score under-par rounds at Japan’s second-largest event

Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwan’s Teresa Lu (盧曉晴) survived an up-and-down finish over her last five holes to secure victory in the Japan LPGA Championship Konica Minolta Cup, the second major of the year on the LPGA of Japan Tour, at the Passage Kinkai Island Golf Club in Nagasaki, Japan, yesterday.

Lu fired a one-under-par 71 — one of only four under-par rounds carded by the 61-player field yesterday — to give her a four-round total of seven-under 281 for a two-shot victory over Japan’s Miki Sakai and Momoko Ueda.

She offset late bogeys on the 14th and 17th holes with birdies on 16 and 18 to keep her closest pursuers at bay in the ¥140 million (US$1.16 million) event.

Lu’s fourth victory this year on the Japanese women’s golf tour and the eighth of her career earned her a ¥25.2 million payday, boosting her prize money for the year in Japan to more than ¥114 million, the second-best on tour.

The other Taiwanese player in the field, Phoebe Yao (姚宣榆), fired the low round of the day, a two-under-par 70, to finish in a tie for seventh.

It was Yao’s third top-10 showing on the LPGA of Japan Tour this year, and her ¥4.2 million in prize money moved her up from 52nd to 35th on the money list.

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