Brendan Jones has recorded his best finish in the Japan Open in a decade as 24-year-old Yuki Inamori claimed his national title for his maiden win on the Japan Golf Tour.
Third, in 2008, Jones hadn’t placed in the top-10 in the Japan Open since 2009 but found himself with a share of the lead after the opening round at Yokohama Country Club following a 7-under 64.
Playing alongside compatriots Anthony Quayle and Brad Kennedy for the first 36 holes, Jones was 10 shots worse on Friday to drop back in the field but rounds of 70 and 71 over the course of the weekend was enough to finish tied for 10th, his sixth top-10 result of the year.
Like Jones, Victorian Matthew Griffin began the week in positive fashion with a 4-under 67, his closing round of 1-under 70 elevating him up the leaderboard into a tie for 16th.
Kennedy, Quayle and amateur David Micheluzzi completed the 72 holes in 3-over par to be tied for 38th with Adam Scott tied for 50th in his return to the Japan Open.
Won Joon Lee was the only other Australian to make the cut, a final round of 3-over 74 seeing him end the week 7-over in 54th position.
With the co-sanctioned CIMB Classic being played in Malaysia the Asian Tour also conducted the UMA CNS Open Golf Championship at Karachi Golf Club in Pakistan where Marcus Both and Nabil Abdul both finished well out of contention after making the cut.
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