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Japan’s Kase Wins Suntory Open

September 12, 2004

INZAI, Japan (AP) _ Japan’s Hideki Kase captured the Suntory Open on Sunday, with two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen seven strokes back.

Goosen closed with a 3-under-par 67 but couldn’t catch Kase, who had a 65 to finish at 13-under 267. Goosen started the day five shots off the lead. He bogeyed the first hole but regrouped with four birdies for a four-round total of 274.

``I didn’t play as good as I would have liked,″ the South African said. ``There are a lot of good players on the Japanese tour, and like everywhere else in the world you have to be on top of your game to win here.″

Third-round leader Y.E. Yang of South Korea shot a 70 and was at 272.

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