With several of Australasia's regular Japan Tour contingent heading to Natadola Bay for the Fiji International this week, Queensland's Brad Kennedy led home the smaller than usual number of locals who teed up at the Tourworld Cup.
Kennedy, who has been locked in a tense battle with New Zealand's Michael Hendry for top Australasian honours on the money list, played consistent golf over the four days at Ishioka Golf Club to finish T33 at 3-under.While Hendry was one of those who made the trip to Fiji, where he finished runner-up to American Brandt Snedeker, both he and Kennedy maintained their respective positions of 6th and 10th on the money list.
Both players are enjoying excellent season in Japan with multiple top five finishes though neither has yet broke through for a win.
However, Hendry will be particularly encouraged by his play in Fiji as the Japan Tour now begins a run of some of its richest and most prestigious events.He will be among the favourites at this week's Japan Open and will be looking to maintain good form as he plays for five of the Tour's biggest purses over the next seven weeks.
David Smail was the only other Australasian to qualify for the weekend and finished near the tail of the field at T58.
Won Joon Lee, Brendan Jones and Kurt Barnes were the other Australians in the field, Lee and Jones missing the cut by a shot while Barnes missed by two.
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