Brendan Jones has played some of his best golf of 2017 to post a top five finish at the Rizak KBC Augusta tournament in Fukuoka.
Australia’s most successful Japan Tour player, Jones has teed up in nine events this season but this week’s result marked only his second top 10.
Jones has won 14 times in Japan in a career spanning back to 2001, his last coming almost a year ago at the ANA tournament where he will defend in two weeks’ time.
Consistency was key to Jones’ performance this week, scores of 69-70-69-69 seeing him to 11-under for the tournament and seven behind winner Yuta Ikeda.
New Zealand’s Michael Hendry was next best of the Australasians in the field two shots behind Jones and T9, that finish helping close the gap in his ongoing battle with Brad Kennedy on the Order of Merit.
Kennedy and Hendry are the only Australasians inside the top 20 on the earnings table at 16th and 17th respectively, Hendry now within AU$60,000 of the Queenslander who didn’t play this week.
Victoria’s Matt Griffin was next best on the leaderboard, some excellent weekend scoring moving him 39 places up the leaderboard after making the cut on the number.
Scores of 68-69 on Saturday and Sunday saw Griffin finish T15 at 7-under after starting the weekend T54 at even par.
A total of seven Australasians teed up in Japan this week with David Bransdon the last to make the cut, the Victorian finishing T42 at 1-under for the week.
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