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GOLF | Gemma Dryburgh Fires Final-Round 65 to Claim Japan Classic Title

The 29-year-old Scot beat Kana Nagai by four strokes for her first LPGA Tour title, while overnight leader Momoko Ueda tied for fifth at 12-under 276.

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Gemma Dryburgh tees off on the third hole in the final round of the 2022 Japan Classic at Seta Golf Course in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, on November 6. (ⒸSANKEI)

This article first appeared on SportsLook, JAPAN Forward's dedicated sports website.

Scotland's Gemma Dryburgh fired a bogey-free 7-under par 65 on Sunday, November 6 to win the Japan Classic by four strokes over Kana Nagai for her first LPGA Tour title.

Starting the final round one stroke behind third-round leader Momoko Ueda, Dryburgh had two birdies before the turn at par-72 Seta Golf Course in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, and then caught fire on the back nine.

The LPGA Tour regular birdied the par-4 No. 11 and then had three straight birdies from No. 13 before closing with a birdie on the par-5 18th hole to finish at 20-under 268.

"It has been a dream for a long time and a lot of hard work has gone into this," Dryburgh said. "It means so much as it is a life-changing win. I was nervous, I'm not going to lie, but I was incredibly calm and focused on my breathing."

Read the full story on SportsLook.

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Author: Jim Armstrong

The author is a longtime journalist who covered sports in Japan for over 25 years. You can find his articles here.

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