A hot week with the flatstick is all that is standing between David Bransdon and a breakthrough win on the Japan Golf Tour.

David BransdonThis week’s Fujisankei Classic is Bransdon’s 48th start on the Japan Tour and statistics show that if he and his putter can put their past differences aside he will be in contention when the tournament reaches its conclusion at Fujizakura Country Club in Yamanashi.

Finishing just inside the top 50 in each of his past two starts, Bransdon’s best result in Japan is a tie for fourth at the Kansai Open Golf Championship two years ago but he enters this week with some of the best ball-striking stats on tour.

Third in greens in regulation and fourth in total driving, Bransdon has more looks at birdie than most yet with an average of 1.8 putts per hole is not converting as many as he would like, ranked 30th in scoring average this year.

The last Australian to win the Fujisankei Classic was Paul Sheehan in 2004 with Bransdon, Matthew Griffin, Brendan Jones, Brad Kennedy, Won Joon Lee, Dylan Perry all hoping to break that 15-year drought this week.

Kiwi Michael Hendry rounds out the Australasian representation on the back of his first top-10 finish of the year last week at the RIZAP KBC Augusta tournament.

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