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Serizawa Beats Jobe in Japan PGA Match Play Final

September 1, 1996

TOMAKOMAI, Japan (AP) _ Japan’s Nobuo Serizawa beat American Brandt Jobe 1-up Sunday in the 36-hole final of the Japan PGA Match Play, one of the Japanese tour’s four major tournaments.

``This win still hasn’t caught up to me. My knees are still shaking,″ said Serizawa, who earned $231,500 and a five-year tour exemption for his first victory in three years and fourth in his 13-year career.

Serizawa had a late 4-up lead on the par-72 Nidomu Classic Course, but Jobe won Nos. 32, 33 and 35 to pull within one. Both players two-putted for par on the 434-yard, par-4 closing hole.

Jobe, a one-time winner in Japan, made $101,900.

In the 18-hole third-place match, Japan’s Shigeki Maruyama beat countryman Hisanobu Sasaki 3 and 2.

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