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Suzuki ends two year title drought

Toru Suzuki fired a final-round 67 Sunday to hold off a charging Masashi ''Jumbo'' Ozaki by one shot at the Casio World Open golf tournament for his fifth career victory.

Suzuki ended a two-year title drought as the 12th-year pro had his fourth straight sub-70 round on his way to a tournament record of 21-under-par 267 at the Ibusuki Golf Club's scenic Kaimon Course in Kagoshima Prefecture.

Suzuki, who began the day with a three-shot lead, rebounded from a 16th-hole bogey with back-to-back birdies to seal the victory after Ozaki tied him with Sunday's low round of 64 that featured an eagle two at the 389-yard No. 3.

"I put pressure on myself after missing a birdie at the par-5 No. 13,"Suzuki said. "I thought today's winning score would be 20-under, but it wasn't because of Jumbo's charge."

The 34-year-old took home 28 million yen out of the 140 million yen purse for his first victory since the 1998 Sapporo Tokyu Open.

Ozaki followed his three straight 68s with his best Sunday round of the year as the 53-year-old veteran made an eagle, seven birdies and one bogey for his second runner-up finish this year in addition to his victory at the Juken Sangyo Open in August.

"The results meant that Toru was in good form as he birdied tough holes like the 15th and 17th," Ozaki said. "A round like today's encourages me and I'll try to continue playing solid golf."

First-round leader Katsunori Kuwabara (68) finished third at 17-under 271. Bob May of the United States (69) followed at 273 for his second top-10 finish in as many weeks in Japan.

Ryoken Kawagishi (68) and Kenichi Kuboya (69) finished tied for fifth at 274. Another shot behind were Hirofumi Miyase, Katsumasa Miyamoto and Scott Hoch of the United States.

 

Toru Suzuki68-67-65-67-26721-under

Masashi Ozaki68-68-68-64-26820-under

Katsunori Kuwabara 65-71-67-68-27117-under

Bob May, United States 68-69-67-69-27315-under

Ryoken Kawagishi 67-70-69-68-27414-under
Kenichi Kuboya 69-68-68-69-274

Hirofumi Miyase70-69-69-67-27513-under
Katsumasa Miyamoto 69-67-71-68-275
Scott Hoch, United States69-70-68-68-275

Taichi Teshima 67-71-71-67-27612-under

Kiyoshi Murota 70-71-70-66-27711-under

Edward Fryatt, England 72-71-70-65-27810-under
Yasuharu Imano 70-70-70-68-278
Nobumitsu Yuhara 69-68-69-72-278

Tsuyoshi Yoneyama69-70-70-70-2799-under
Ikuo Shirahama 69-72-68-70-279
Hajime Meshiai 67-68-71-73-279

Tateo Ozaki74-68-70-68-2808-under
Seiki Okuda69-72-68-71-280

Kazuhiko Hosokawa70-70-71-70-2817-under

Kim Jong-duck, South Korea 72-71-70-69-2826-under
Steven Conran, Australia 71-72-69-70-282
Katsuyoshi Tomori72-70-70-70-282

Also:

Ian Woosnam, Wales 71-71-67-74-2835-under

Paul Lawrie, Scotland70-76-73-72-2913-over

Bernhard Langer, Germany 71-72-75-75-2935-over

Todd Hamilton, United States 71-73-77-73-2946-over

David Ishii, United States 74-71-75-77-2979-over

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