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Lewis victorious with late charge

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SHIMA, Japan -- Stacy Lewis rallied to win the Mizuno Classic for her LPGA Tour-leading fourth title of the year, birdieing the final three holes for an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke victory.

The Texan, seven strokes behind South Korea's Lee Bo-mee entering the round, had 10 birdies and two bogeys to finish at 11-under 205 at Kintetsu Kashikojima.

Trying to become the first American to win the player of the year award since Beth Daniel in 1994, Lewis moved 58 points ahead of South Korea's Inbee Park in the player of the year standings with two events left. Each victory is worth 30 points.

Lewis made a 25-foot birdie putt on 16, then moved into a tie for the lead with a 12-footer on the 17th. She took sole possession of the lead with another 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th, and claimed the $180,000 winner's prize when Lee missed a birdie putt on 18 went long. Lee shot a 72 to finish second.

Lewis also won the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic in April, the ShopRite LPGA Classic in June and the Navistar LPGA Classic in September. She has five career victories, winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship last year.

Young Guan at Masters

BANGKOK -- Guan Tianlang won the Asia-Pacific Championship, making the 14-year-old Chinese star the youngest player ever to qualify for the Masters in April.

Guan closed with a 1-under 71 at Amata Spring Country Club, needing a par on the 18th hole to beat Taiwan's Pan Cheng-tsung.

Guan surpasses Italy's Matteo Manassero, who was about to turn 17 when he played at Augusta National in 2010.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 5, 2012 C6

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