Japan's Kondo ends drought with Tsuruya Open victory

Sunday, April 24, 2011

For Tomohiro Kondo, the slump is over. And he ended it in commanding fashion.

The Japanese player closed with a 5-under 66 to win the Tsuruya Open in Hyogo, Japan, clearing the field by four shots and ending a three-year winless streak.

Kondo took home $293,000, nearly matching his 2010 earnings. It was his fifth Japan Golf Tour Organization title, his last coming at The Crowns in 2008.

He turned in a brilliant 8-under 63 in the second round and never looked back. Kondo finished with four birdies in his final seven holes on Sunday.

Kondo's success on the JGTO had dwindled in recent years, as he fell from fifth on the money list in 2007 to 43rd in 2010.

Japan's Nobuhiro Masuda and Korea's Sang-moon Bae shared second place at Yamanoharo Golf Club's Yamanohara Course.

Japanese superstar Ryo Ishikawa finished T-15, nine shots back of Kondo.

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