Lu wins in Japan with final-round 64

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Taiwan’s Teresa Lu stole the show at the Mizuno Classic on Sunday, sealing the win with a superb final-round 64.

Lu’s eight under score on the day moved her up to 14 under par and handed her a two-stroke victory over nearest rival Chella Choi.

Both Lu and Choi started the day six shots off the pace, and as the frontrunners fell away, found themselves engaged in a tight battle for the trophy.

In the end, Lu’s 64 trumped Choi’s 66, with Choi seemingly in pole position after making most of her gains – five birdies in all – on the front nine, only for Lu to hit back with four birdies in a row from the 10th to take the lead.

Another birdie at 16 saw Choi level the scores, but Lu responded with two more birdies on the closing holes to put the result beyond question.

Japan’s Mamiko Higa and Yuki Ichinose, part of the leading group overnight, each fired rounds of 70 to share third, while Shiho Oyama had a 71 to fall to joint fifth alongside Yumiko Yoshida.

Defending champion Stacy Lewis had been off the pace all weekend, and a closing 70 saw her finish in a share of eighth, seven shots behind Lu.

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