Jones edges out Griffin for 15th Japan Tour title
Aussie Brendan Jones has cruised to victory on Sunday at the season-opening Token Homemate Cup firing a bogey free 64 to claim his 15th Japan Tour victory, his first win in three years.
Jones, 44, fired rounds of 65-69-71-64 to finish at 15-under and a stroke ahead of fellow countryman, Matt Griffin, who also stormed home with a final round 65. The win for Jones was perfect timing and kicks off his Japan season off in style.
Brendan Jones (Credit: Japan Tour)
“When we turn up to play at Token everybody wants to win the tournament as it is the first of the season,” said Jones following his win.
“And, to be standing here again, having won seven years ago is an amazing feeling. I still feel my game is good enough, and it showed this week. I am just so happy.”
“To do it first up is exciting, and a relief. It gives me a feeling that this year is going to be a good year. The confidence that you get from winning the tournament, I feel that I can win more along the way.”
Jones first came to the Japan Tour in 2000 and has plied his trade superbly, winning rich purses regularly and enjoying a Tour close to his Aussie home base in Canberra.
Today’s win secures Jones’ Japan Tour Card until 2021 and sees him moves past the one billion yen mark (¥1,064,902,184/AUD$13.3 million) in Japan Tour career earnings having played regularly there since 2001.
In 2005, Jones took on the PGA Tour and despite finishing in a tie for second at the B.C. Open, he narrowly failed to win enough money to retain his Tour card and headed back to Japan.
He has featured in the top-100 of the Official World Golf Ranking reaching as high as 52 during 2011 and this week moves back inside the top-100 at 98th.
Now his career is set to continue.
“I thought that next season will be my last, but now I’ll never know. I have aged, but I still love to compete, so I will give it a try a bit longer.”