Soeda claims long-awaited breakthrough with Novil Cup win
10 years after turning professional, Yuto Soeda finally secured a career breakthrough when he won the Novil Cup on the Abema Tour on Friday.
Starting the day in tied second and one off shot the pace, the 27-year-old closed with a four-under-par 68 at the J Classic Golf Club in Tokushima Prefecture to win by one shot for his long-awaited maiden professional victory.
Even a bogey on the par-four 18th final hole was not going to deny Soeda, as his six-birdie tally was enough to offset two blemishes, with another being on 15, as he finished with a three-day total of 15-under-par 201, one shot ahead of Satoshi Hara.
"What a relief! It was close all the way to the final hole. I'm so happy that I have finally broken through. My first victory might have been a bit late. But it’s better to be late than never!" said a delighted Soeda.
"It's important to have a great start to the season, and it gives me a lot of confidence to keep bringing in good results as the season progresses. I’m looking forward to returning to my hometown in gifu prefecture to celebrate this victory with family and my 21-month-old child.
"I can't be satisfied just by winning this week because the ultimate goal is to top the money list on the Abema Tour and secure my main Tour card at the end of the season," added Soeda.