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Darren Clarke wins first title in Japan

Ulsterman Darren Clarke sank three birdies in the last four holes to win the Chunichi Crowns tournament in Togo by four shots.

The world number 10 put together an erratic final round which included seven birdies and four bogeys, but managed to seal his first win in Japan by finishing on a 13-under-par total of 267.

"I had a few chances before and I finished runner-up twice but it's nice to have my first tournament win here," said 32-year-old Clarke. "I hope there will be many more to come."

Darren Clarke wins his first Japanese title. Allsport.

"I let a few chances slip away and I made a couple of mistakes but I had a good drive on the 14th and it got me back into the game."

The Irishman was the first European to win the Chunichi title in 14 years since Spain's Seve Ballesteros.

Japanese duo Keiichiro Fukabori and Shinichi Yokota shared second place on 271 with American Dean Wilson and another home player, Tsukasa Watanabe, in joint-fourth spot a stroke further back.

267 D Clarke (Gbr) 66 67 67 67

271 K Fukabori 69 69 67 66, S Yokota 64 70 68 69

272 T Watanabe 69 68 65 70, D Wilson (USA) 62 70 69 71

273 S Katayama 69 68 73 63

274 K Kuboya 72 66 69 67, T Suzuki 70 65 71 68, H Fujita 65 69 71 69

275 T Teshima 72 68 72 63, D Smail (Nzl) 70 67 68 70

Selected others:

276 Lin Keng-chi (Tpe) 71 67 70 68

277 F Minoza (Phi) 68 66 75 68

278 Hsieh Chin-sheng (Tpe) 72 70 67 69

279 T Hamilton (USA) 68 71 70 70

281 S Laycock (Aus) 68 71 70 72, A Scott (Aus) 68 64 76 73

283 G Norquist (USA) 74 67 72 70

285 Yeh Chang-ting (Tpe) 73 68 75 69


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