Hiroyuki Fujita Wins Okinawa Open


Japans Hiroyuki Fujita captured the weather-shortened Okinawa Open Sunday, finishing three strokes in front of Ted Purdy and Japan amateur Yusaku Miyazato.
Fujita fired a final round 67 for a 14-under-par 202 total in the Asian PGA/Japan Golf Tour co-sanctioned event. Purdy, who along with Fujita and three others started the third round tied for the lead, shot 70 while Miyazato closed with 67.
'I did not look at a leaderboard until the 15th. I saw that I was three ahead and then for the first time I started to think about winning,' Fujita said. This now gives me a three-year exemption in Japan.
Purdy, who took himself out by four-putting the 10th, followed it up with three birdies but it wasnt enough to catch Fujita.
Fujita had the same putt that I had on 10 for par but when I missed mine he really buckled down and made his,' said Purdy, who missed earning his 2003 PGA Tour card by one shot earlier this month at Q-School.
Joining Purdy in second was 22-year-old Miyazato, who birdied the 13th, chipped in for eagle on the par-5 14th and birdied 16 for the highest finish in his young career.The event was shortened to 54 holes when heavy rains Thursday and Saturday water-logged the Southern Links Golf Club course.