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David Smail wins Casio World Open

New Zealand's David Smail held his nerve to repel the challenge of American Hunter Mahan by one shot to win the Casio World Open golf tournament in Kaimon, Japan, yesterday.

Waikato's Smail went into the final round with a two-shot lead over Mahan, and a one-under 71 was enough to take the lion's share of the $1.93 million prizemoney with a score of 276.

It was Smail's second win in the event, having also triumphed in 2002.

Smail seized control during a windswept third round at the Ibusuki Golf Club yesterday, shooting five birdies to offset two bogeys for a three-under 69.

Mahan shot a final round 70 to finish second, two shots clear of the chasing pack.

Among those in Smail's wake were Briton Justin Rose, five shots back in ninth place, while Colin Montgomerie was another three shots back on 284.

276 David Smail (USA) 70 66 69 71

277 Hunter Mahan (USA) 66 70 71 70

279 Takashi Kamiyama 71 69 68 71, Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 68 67 73 71, Hisayuki Sasaki 68 68 73 70, Ryoken Kawagishi 69 70 72 68

280 Shingo Katayama 72 70 70 68, Katsunori Kuwabara 66 71 75 68

281 Justin Rose (Eng) 69 71 70 71

283 Wei-Tze Yeh (Tai) 72 70 68 73, Tomohiro Kondo 74 66 72 71

284 Colin Montgomerie (Sco) 74 71 70 69, Kaname Yokoo 69 70 73 72, Kiyoshi Maita 70 70 72 72

285 Keiichiro Fukabori 74 68 70 73, Tadahiro Takayama 70 66 77 72, Hiroshi Gohda 72 71 71 71, Yasuharu Imano 70 75 71 69

286 Daisuke Maruyama 71 73 71 71, Yusaku Miyazoto 73 68 76 69, Masanori Kobayashi 70 68 76 72, Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind) 73 71 71 71, Craig Jones (Aus) 68 73 74 71

287 M Tomida 70 73 74 70, Naomichi Joe Ozaki 73 69 73 72, David Ishii 70 71 73 73, Toru Taniguchi 74 69 71 73, Go Higaki 74 69 71 73, Toru Suzuki 70 70 75 72

288 Kazuhiro Takami 70 74 73 71, Yui Ueda 69 69 77 73, Taichi Teshima 69 74 76 69, Shinixhi Yokota 70 69 74 75, Hirofumi Miyase 71 71 74 72, Christian Pena (USA) 69 71 73 75

289 Masashi Ozaki 70 70 78 71, Dinesh Chand (Fij) 74 69 74 72, Nozomi Kawahara 72 71 71 75

290 Tetsuji Hiratsuka 72 70 77 71, Katsuya Nakagawa 70 73 73 74, Kiyoshi Miyazato 70 74 76 70, Hideki Kase 67 71 75 77, Brendan Jones (Aus) 73 70 72 75, K Imai 72 73 69 76

291 Katsunari Takahashi 71 74 76 70, Steven Jeppesen (Swe) 74 68 76 73, H Ahara 73 70 74 74, M Kijima 72 70 74 75

292 Masahiro null Kuramoto 71 71 74 76, Toshikazu Sugihara 74 71 79 68

293 Nobuhiro Masuda 74 71 77 71, Y Haku 71 73 74 75

295 Dong-Hwan Lee 73 72 75 75, Shinichi Akiba 74 69 75 77, Y Yamamoto 72 71 75 77

296 Kazuhiko Hosokawa 71 73 77 75

297 T Inoue 67 75 77 78

298 Takenori Hiraishi 72 72 80 74, Kenichi Kuboya 73 72 75 78

299 Takuya Taniguchi 68 71 79 81

300 Shigemasa Higaki 73 71 77 79

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