K.T. Kim dominants again in Japan, Lee second

29-year-old Kyung-Tae Kim has done it again, recording a 5th win of the season on the Japan Golf Tour with a two-shot victory in the Mynavi ABC Championship in Hyogo.

If it were a boxing match, they’d be considering stopping the fight, such is the South Korean’s white hot form in Japan this season.

K.T. Kim K.T. Kim (Credit: www.golffile.ie)

Kim started the final round tied for the lead with countryman Hyun-Woo Ryu at 10-under par and appeared to be off the boil compared to his more recent form after turning in 1-over par.

However, three birdies on the back nine for a final round two-under 69 restored what has been the ‘status quo’ for the runaway Money List leader.

The 2011 Presidents Cup representative finished two shots clear of Katsumasa Miyamoto, Daisuke Kataoka and Sydney’s Won-Joon Lee, who recorded his best result of his rookie year in Japan and moves up to 33rd place on the Money List.

NSW’s Brendan Jones recorded a final round 66 to vault into a tie for 8th place while fellow New South Welshman Kurt Barnes finished in tied 18th position at 3-under.

Kim started the season ranked 352nd on the Official World Golf Rankings and before this week, had made a gigantic leap to No. 79.

He will climb higher again after this victory and heads to Shanghai for this week’s World Golf Championship-HSBC Champions full of confidence for a strong performance against elite company.

The Japan Tour will continue this week at the Heiwa PGM Championship in Chiba.