Kurt Barnes will be looking to build on a brilliant weekend at last week's Dunlop Phoenix tournament when he tees up in the Japan Tour's Casio World Open this week.

Barnes went a long way to overcoming what has been a disappointing season with a third place finish at the Dunlop Phoenix tournament and having now climbed to 50th on the Order of Merit will be in position to freewheel this week.

Barnes has only played the Casio tournament three times in his five-year Japan Tour career and boasts a best finish of T22.

But rejuvenated after his sterling finish last week, he could be one to watch among the seven Australians in this week's field.

Joining Barnes at the Kochi Kuroshio Country Club are Brendan Jones, Matt Griffin, Adam Bland, Won Joon Lee, Brad Kennedy and Scott Strange.

All are aiming to become the first Australian to win the title though New Zealand's David Smail is a two-time former Champion.

Brendan Jones has performed well in the event at times also, a T2 in 2003 and T6 last year; his two best results though he was inconsistent last week at the Dunlop Phoenix event.

Queensland's Brad Kennedy got back on track with a seventh top-10 for the season last week and with a previous best finish of T9 at this course will arrive with some confidence Thursday.

Matt Griffin returns to Japan off a solid showing at the Emirates Australian Open, as he looks to secure the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit, where rounds of 72-71-71-70 saw him finish T28 and with his game in good shape.For Scott Strange, a missed cut last week will be a motivator as he tries to make up for failing to qualify for the weekend in his only other appearance here.