The lucrative Casio World Open will give David Bransdon a big opportunity to retain his playing card on the Japan Tour in 2018, the tournament likely the last the Victorian will qualify for in 2017.
Bransdon has played some good golf in his rookie year in Japan but currently sits 76th on the Order of Merit with only the top-60 maintaining full rights in 2018 and 60-70 gaining limited starts.
One of four Australians in the field, Bransdon will be looking to recreate his good play from his last start where a T20 result at the demanding PGM Golf Resort in Okinawa suggested all parts of his game were in in good shape.
He is joined at the Kochi Kuroshio Country Club by Brendan Jones, Brad Kennedy and Kurt Barnes in the second last event of the season.
Barnes, too, needs to improve on the money list if he is to have full privileges in 2018 after an indifferent year sees him lying 82nd.
No Australian has won this tournament, one of the longest running and most highly regarded on the Japan Tour.
Jones was second at this tournament in 2003 but has had little other success here until a T6 result two years ago.
After opening with a 69 last week to be just outside the top 10 he produced one of his worst scores of the year with a 78 to miss the cut, a stumble he will no doubt be keen to rectify this week.
Brad Kennedy could mathematically overtake Michael Hendry on the money list this week with a win and after finishing T4 here last year he will like his chances.
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