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Defending champion Shanshan Feng fires 68 to win Japan Classic

FILE - Shanshan Feng became the first golfer on the LPGA Tour to defend a title in 2017. (Sadiq Asyraf / Associated Press)
FILE - Shanshan Feng became the first golfer on the LPGA Tour to defend a title in 2017. (Sadiq Asyraf / Associated Press)

IBARAKI, Japan – Defending champion Shanshan Feng of China fired a 4-under 68 on Sunday to win the LPGA Tour’s Japan Classic by two strokes.

Feng recovered from two bogeys on the first three holes with six birdies to finish at 19-under 197, two shots ahead of Japan’s Ai Suzuki, who also shot a 68.

Feng became the first golfer on the LPGA Tour to defend a title in 2017 and claimed her second victory of the year, having captured the LPGA Volvik Championship in May.

Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist had a hole-in-one on the par-3 third hole and added five birdies against a lone bogey for a 66 to finish in third place at 15-under 201.

Lizette Salas was fourth after finishing with a 68.

Former World No. 1 Lydia Ko was among a group of seven golfers tied for fifth place after firing a 68 that included five birdies and a bogey on the final hole.