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Sentosa, Singapore, October 7: South African Shaun Norris secured an emotional victory at the Top Cup Tokai Classic after closing with a one-over-par 72 to win by one shot for his fourth title on the Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO) on Sunday.
Norris, who fired three birdies against two bogeys and a double-bogey for a winning total of nine-under-par 275, dedicated the victory to his late father following his triumph at the Miyoshi Country Club’s West Course located in Aichi prefecture.
Norris’ father passed away three months ago. The 37-year-old, who had his brother Kyle on the bag last week, broke down in tears after sinking the winning putt from within one metre on the last hole 18th to seal the deal.
“I dedicate this victory to my father” said Norris, a two-time winner on the Asian Tour. “I won’t be able to seal this victory without the support of my brother. I can’t find enough words to describe this joy.”
“Our father gave us the chance to play golf. I really wish that he would still be alive. I lost concentration to play golf after making the double-bogey. I needed someone close to be with me,” Norris added.
Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand signed for a closing 67 to finish three shots back in tied-fourth place with Japan’s Taihei Sato (68) and Asian Tour member Kazuki Higa (74).
Over at the European Tour’s Mutuactivos Open de España, South African Justin Harding and Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura capped solid top-10 finishes after ending their campaigns with matching four-under-par 67s.
The duo, who have both won on the Asian Tour, settled 10 shots backs of winner John Rahm in tied-seventh place following identical four-day total of 272s at the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid in Madrid, Spain.