Japan's Muto fires 63 to win rain-shortened Dunlop Phoenix

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Toshinori Muto's tremendous 63 on Sunday gave him a comfortable four-shot victory.
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MIYAZAKI, Japan (AP) -- Japan's Toshinori Muto shot an 8-under 63 on Sunday to win the rain-shortened Dunlop Phoenix by four strokes over Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.

Muto had nine birdies -- including five on the front nine -- against a lone bogey on the final hole to finish at 12-under 201 and claim his first title in two years.

"It's been a while since I won and I never thought I would break the drought in such a big tournament," Muto said. "Too bad about the bogey on the last hole but other than that I was very pleased with my round."

Fernandez-Castano, who won the Singapore Open on Monday, saw his chances for a comeback dashed with a bogey on 17 and finished at 8-under 205 after a 71.

Ricky Barnes of the United States recovered from two early bogeys on Nos. 2 and 3 to fire a 68 and finish tied for third with Ireland's Shane Lowry (68) at 7-under 206.

Australian Brendan Jones had an eagle on the par-5 18th to complete a 68 that left him in fifth place.

The $2.5 million event was shortened to 54 holes after the Saturday's third round was washed out by rain.