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South Africa’s Shaun Norris succeeded in keeping his cool as he cruised to win the Japan Open by four shots at Biwako Country Club on Sunday.
Norris had comfortable six-shot lead heading into the final round and carded a 1-under 70 to seal his second title in Japan.
The South African had a tough time dealing with the wind and a bogey on the seventh gave Japan’s Yuta Ikeda a chance to catch up.
Norris shortly shifted into gear and made back-to-back birdies on the back nine. On the 12th, he made a superb birdie and then putted a 5m birdie on 15 – making a fist pump after being comfortably ahead.
Norris has been runner-up at the tournament for two years since 2018.
“It is always very special to win National Open wherever the country may be, but I am grateful that I was able to win in Japan’s National Open,” Norris told the Japan Golf Tour’s website.
Norris dedicated his award to his wife, who is expecting their second child next March and his younger brother and caddy Kyle, who celebrates his birthday on Sunday, 17 October.
“First of all, I want to dedicate this victory to my lovely wife. I am so glad that I was able to win for her…”
Ikeda tried to keep up with Norris as he posted 4-under 67 but he couldn’t mend the four shot margin and finished as solo 2nd – his 3rd time on the Japan Open.
Meanwhile, defending champion Yuki Inamori finished tied for seventh with 9-under.
Another South African wins on the international golf stage ??????
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