Kikuchi rallies to win first career title at Sun Chlorella Classic

first_imgKikuchi made a routine two-putt par to seal the victory while Suzuki needed four shots to reach the green and finished with a bogey on the decisive hole. Both had parred the first hole and bogeyed the second of the playoff, which was repeated on the par-4 18th.“I’d thought I would win a golf tournament some day but I’m surprised that I did win one this week,” Kikuchi said. “Putting was the key. I was comfortable with my putting all week. Tears began falling down when I was standing over the winning putt and I wasn’t able to see how the winning putt was like, though.”Kikuchi started the final round three strokes off the lead and his charge began with a birdie at the 11th, from where the 33-year-old birdied four in a row, and took sole possession of the lead with a chip-in birdie from the apron in front of the 16th green.He would have wrapped up the tournament in the regulation 72 holes had he not missed an eight-footer for par at 18 after failing to hit the fairway with his drive and leaving his second shot short of the green.Suzuki, who led after two and three rounds, came up short in his bid for his first title since winning his seventh career title at the 2004 Acom International. He dropped a shot after 11 holes and squandered his lead but came back with back-to-back birdies from the 15th in a round of 71.Hisayuki Sasaki and Hiroshi Iwata fired 69s and followed in a tie for third on 284. Sasaki, a tour veteran who is winless on the tour since 1997, moved in front after 13 holes only to slip out of contention with a bogey at 15.Toru Taniguchi, winner of the previous two tournaments, finished on 1-under 287. Mogi surges late CHIBA (Kyodo) Hiromi Mogi picked up four shots in three holes down the stretch to claim her third career crown as a final-round 65 gave her a four-stroke victory at the Crystal Geyser Ladies IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img OTARU, Hokkaido – Jun Kikuchi captured his first career title after coming from behind to beat overnight leader Toru Suzuki at the Sun Chlorella Classic on Sunday.Kikuchi shot a final-round 68, highlighted by four consecutive birdies on the back nine, before edging Suzuki on the third extra hole after they finished tied on 5-under-par 283 at Otaru Country Club in Hokkaido.last_img read more