Canberra’s Brendan Jones will be hoping that a return to a venue where he has had success in the past will help to kick-start his 2019 Japan Golf Tour campaign.
By virtue of winning the Token Homemate Open back in April Jones moved back inside the top 100 on the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time since 2013 but his stay was short-lived.
Including the US PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, Jones has missed the cut in three of his eight starts since his win in April with a best finish of a tie for 23rd at the JGTC Mori Building Cup.
That has seen his world ranking fall to 149 but he arrives at the ANA Open this week with fond memories of the Wattsu Course at Sapporo Golf Club in Hokkaido.
Top 10 in both 2010 and 2011 at Sapporo, Jones claimed his 14th Japan Golf Tour title in the 2016 staging of the tournament and could use a good week this week to advance his standing on the Order of Merit.
The top five on the moneylist at the completion of the Bridgestone Open in a month’s time are granted entry into the PGA TOUR ZOZO Championship in late October, Jones and Matthew Griffin the best-placed Aussies at this stage sitting 14th and 15th on the Order of Merit respectively.
Japan Golf Tour rookie Dylan Perry will be out to continue the hot streak he enjoyed with the putter last Sunday with Anthony Quayle, David Bransdon, Won Joon Lee and Kiwi Michael Hendry all eager to improve their position on the moneylist.
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