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Fukushima wins after Hjorth bogey

Akiko Fukushima had a 4-under 68 Sunday to overcome a four-stroke deficit and win the LPGA Tournament of Champions by one stroke over Karia Hjorth and Karrie Webb.

Fukushima finished with a 9-under 279 total and she wasn't guaranteed the victory until Hjorth bogeyed No. 18.

``I never thought I could win this tournament,'' said Fukushima, who was downhill from Hjorth and couldn't see the putt, so she didn't know there wouldn't be a playoff.

``I never expected to win this tournament and now that I have, I am very happy to be here.''

Hjorth, a native of Sweden who had led by three strokes for the past two days, finished with a final-round 73 and was tied at 280 with Webb, the first-round leader who closed with a 70.

Chris Johnson shot a 71 Sunday and finished fourth at 281.

Fukushima won $122,000 out of a total purse of $750,000.

The tournament, sponsored by AFLAC, was a no-cut event featuring only winners of LPGA events over the last three years and active members of the LPGA Hall of Fame.


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