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Back page sports stories Nomura holds off Ko to win in Adelaide Japanese golfer Haru Nomura held off world number one Lydia Ko down the…

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Nomura holds off Ko to win in Adelaide

Japanese golfer Haru Nomura held off world number one Lydia Ko down the stretch to land the Women’s Australian Open in Adelaide yesterday for her first LPGA Tour title.

Nomura, starting the day in a three-way tie for the lead, shot a blistering final round seven-under-par 65 as she edged out Kiwi Ko (67), the defending champion, by three shots.

Ko was only one back after 14th holes but world number 67 Nomura calmly made three consecutive birdie threes from the 15th to pull away from her illustrious opponent and seal the top prize with a 16-under 272 total.

“My shots were good, but my putts

Fraser lands Malaysia title

Australian Marcus Fraser sank testing putts on his final two holes to land the European Tour’s $3 million Maybank Championship Malaysia yesterday after overnight leader Lee Soo-min fell apart down the stretch.

The South Korean led by two with three holes to play but went double bogey-par-double bogey as Fraser sunk a 10-foot effort on 17 and an uphill left to right 15-foot par putt on the last to win the inaugural event by two shots in Kuala Lumpur.

Lee, 22, had begun the final day with a three-shot lead and looked solid for most of his round before his closing struggles as a first tournament win on foreign soil slipped from his grasp.

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