Katayama scores milestone victory

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 “I’m pleased that I ended under par and I won it,” Katayama said after becoming the seventh player to be honored with lifetime exemption status. Isao Aoki, Masashi Ozaki, Tsuneyuki Nakajima, Teruo Sugihara, Masahiro Kuramoto and Naomichi Ozaki have achieved the same feat with 25 or more wins since the tour was established in Japanese men’s golf in 1973. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img KOGA, Fukuoka Pref. (Kyodo) Shingo Katayama achieved a major milestone in his career with his overall golf game at its best on Sunday, shooting an even-par 71 in the final round to win his second Japan Open title and earn a lifetime exemption on the JGTO tour with his 25th career victory.Katayama negotiated one of the most treacherous courses used in Japan’s major tournament history by shooting 68-72-72-71 as he wrapped up the week with a 1-under 283 total, four stokes clear of 17-year-old Ryo Ishikawa, who fired a 69 en route to his career-high finish as a pro.last_img read more