TOMAKOMAI, Japan (AP) _ American Brandt Jobe and Nobuo Serizawa will meet for the Japan Match Play title and the $231,500 that goes with it Sunday.
The two won semifinal-round matches Saturday in one of the Japanese tour’s four major tournaments.
Jobe, leading golfer on the Asian PGA Tour last year, beat Shigeki Maruyama 1-up, with the match being decided on the 36th hole.
Serizawa defeated Hisanobu Sasaki with a birdie on the fourth hole of a playoff, the 40th overall in their match.
``I’m tired,″ said the 36-year-old Serizawa, seeking his first victory in more than three years.
Okamoto Surges Into Lead
MINAMI-TSURU, Japan (AP) _ Ayako Okamoto shot a 5-under-par 67 Saturday and took a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Fujisankei Ladies Classic.
Okamoto, Japan’s best-known golfer with 59 victories, including 17 in the United States, finished 36 holes with a 139 total.
Marnie McGuire of New Zealand fired a 69 for 140, followed by Akane Oshiro, who had a 71 for 141.
Opening-round leader Yuko Motoyama had a 79 and fell to 148.
Gross Streak Ends; Chamberlain, Whitmore Homer
TOKYO (AP) _ Kip Gross’ winning streak ended at five games Saturday when the Kintetsu Buffaloes edged the Nippon Ham Fighters 3-2.
Gross (14-8) still leads the Pacific League in victories.
Wes Chamberlain broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run homer in the fifth inning and Darrell Whitmore added a solo homer as the Chiba Lotte Marines beat the Seibu Lions 6-3.
Police Detain 58 Soccer Rowdies After Fighting
BRAUNSCHWEIG, Germany (AP) _ More than 200 soccer rowdies from rival teams went on a rampage in downtown Braunschweig and fought each other late into the night after a soccer game in the northern German city.
Police detained 58 people and later released all of them after charging 21 with property damage.