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Veteran golfer Kang wins out on Japanese tour

All News 16:56 June 12, 2016

SEOUL, June 12 (Yonhap) -- Veteran golfer Kang Soo-yun collected her second win on the LPGA of Japan Tour (JLPGA) on Sunday.

Kang, 40, shot one-over 73 in the final round of Suntory Ladies Open at Rokko Kokusai Golf Club in Kobe, Japan, but she finished the four-round tournament with an overall score of 11-under 277 to claim the winner's prize of 18 million yen (US$168,000).

It was Kang's second trophy on the Japanese Tour since October 2013, when she won the Stanley Ladies Golf Tournament. Kang has been playing full-time in Japan since 2011.

Kang has 11 wins on the Korea LPGA (KLPGA) Tour. She also triumphed at the 2005 Safeway Classic in the U.S. LPGA Tour.

For this tournament, Kang hasn't fully recovered her injuries from a car accident last month, but she managed to beat her compatriot Lee Bo-mee and Japanese golfers Serena Aoki and Yumiko Yoshida by a stroke. Kim Ha-neul finished fifth at nine-under, and former World No. 1 Shin Ji-yai was tied for sixth at eight-under.

South Koreans have been cruising on the JLPGA Tour this season as they already combined five wins in 14 events so far. With Kang's victory, Lee Bo-mee, Kim Ha-neul, Lee Ji-hee and Shin Ji-yai have all won on the Japanese Tour this season.

kdon@yna.co.kr
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