A four-round total of 18-under will win you plenty of golf tournaments yet it was only enough for Kiwi Michael Hendry to take a share of sixth at the Japan Golf Tour’s RIZAP KBC Augusta tournament in Fukuoka.

Michael HendryTied for second through 54 holes, Hendry shot 1-under 71 on Sunday to fall back in the pack, third-round leader Kazuki Higa firing a final round of 6-under 66 to win by five shots with a 26-under score for the week.

Without a top-10 finish anywhere since he was runner-up at the Gate Way To The Open Mizuno Open more than 12 months ago, Hendry started his final round on the right note with a birdie at the first but struggled to get going from that point.

A bogey at the sixth hole and a birdie at eight saw him complete the front nine in 1-under but the putter failed him over the closing nine holes, needing 17 putts to register nine straight pars as he hit eight of nine greens in regulation.

Queensland’s Brad Kennedy needed three birdies in his final five holes to finish inside the top 20 while Brendan Jones endured a roller-coaster final round, an eagle at the par-5 ninth the highlight of an outward nine of 32, three bogeys leading to a back nine of 39 as he finished tied for 24th.

Japan Golf Tour
RIZAP KBC Augusta
Keya Golf Club, Fukuoka
T6 Michael Hendry 67-66-66-71—270 ¥3,316,666
T16 Brad Kennedy 69-66-70-69—274 ¥1,570,000
T24 Brendan Jones 68-71-68-71—278 ¥860,000
T35 Matthew Griffin 69-69-72-70—280 ¥520,000
T42 David Bransdon 70-69-70-72—281 ¥370,000
T60 Anthony Quayle 69-70-72-73—284 ¥231,000
MC Won Joon Lee 74-69—143  
MC Dylan Perry 77-72—149