Ahn extends money-list lead with 4th victory

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Ahn Sun-ju of South Korea claimed her fourth win of the Japan LPGA season at the Fujitsu Ladies.

CHIBA, Japan – There’s just no stopping Ahn Sun-ju.

The rising Korean star continued her remarkable rich vein of form with a runaway seven-shot success Sunday in the Fujitsu Ladies.

Following her course-record 62 on Saturday, Ahn closed with a 2-under 70 at the Tokyu Seven Hundred Club. That ensured the 23-year-old a second successive win and fourth triumph of the season on the Japan LPGA Tour.

LEADING FINAL-ROUND SCORES

197 - Ahn Sun-ju (KOR) 65-62-70

204 - Jiyai Shin (KOR) 69-67-68

205 - Yukari Baba (JPN) 71-66-68; Chie Arimura (JPN) 66-69-70

207 - Yuko Shinsakaue (JPN) 68-75-64; Young Kim (KOR) 67-69-71; Kim Na-ri (KOR) 69-65-73

208 - Sakura Yokomine (JPN) 69-71-68; Nikki Campbell (AUS) 70-68-70

209 - Saiki Fujita (JPN) 70-70-69; Miki Saiki (JPN) 72-66-71

210 - Lee Ji-hee (KOR) 71-70-69; Harukyo Nomura* (JPN) 67-74-69

211 - Lee Na-ri (KOR) 73-71-67; Esther Lee (KOR) 72-69-70; Asako Fujimoto (JPN) 70-70-71; Song Bo-bae (KOR) 66-72-73

212 - Yuki Ichinose (JPN) 69-74-69; Mika Takushima (JPN) 72-71-69; Tomoko Kusakabe (JPN) 73-67-72

*denotes amateur

The victory also virtually guaranteed that she’ll become the first non-Japanese winner of the money list title since Tu Ai-yu of Taiwan in 1991. With six tournaments remaining this year, Ahn holds a lead of 54 million yen.

Ahn, who won last week’s Sankyo Ladies Open, said: “I have to admit that I think about the money title, but I’ll try to keep my focus on playing well in the coming events.’’

Only the fourth player in Japan LPGA Tour history to shoot a 62, Ahn posted a three-round aggregate of 19-under 197. It fell five shots shy of Annika Sorenstam’s 24-under 192 record set at the 2003 Mizuno Classic.

“During the round, I thought about the record, but things didn’t go like yesterday,” Ahn said. “I’ve never won two weeks in a row in my country, so it hasn’t sunk in yet.

“I was able to take some pressure off myself with a birdie on the seventh hole. I was able to read the line and made the putt with confidence.’’

World No. 3 Jiyai Shin of Korea finished a distant runner-up at 12-under 204. Yukari Baba and Chie Arimura, both of Japan, shared third at 205.

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