K.T. Kim wins again in Japan
Korea’s Kyung Tae Kim continued his resurgence in 2015 by holding off countryman Kyoung Hoon to win the Fujisankei Classic in Japan on Sunday.
The 2011 Presidents Cup team member disappeared from sight for a number of years after making swing changes that he ultimately hoped would reap rewards on the PGA Tour.
K.T. Kim (Credit: Asian Tour)
His form appears to have come full circle however with this his third win on the Japan Golf Tour this season, which further extends his lead on the 2015 money list.
Kim began the final round with a three-shot lead over Queensland’s Brad Kennedy but Kennedy struggled to a final round 73 to drop to a tie for 6th place alongside Victorian Matthew Griffin.
Kim also had his difficulties in the final round, ultimately signing for a two-over 73 for a nine-under total of 275, a shot clear of Lee who rattled home with a 68. Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura was alone in third a shot further back.
Of the remaining Australians in the field, Brendan Jones tied for 18th, Adam Bland was tied 21st while Kurt Barnes finished in a tie for 26th.
After a week’s break, the Japan Tour will begin its longest consecutive stretch of tournaments for the season with the ANA Open at the Sapporo Golf Club in Hokkaido.
Kim leads the 2015 Japan Tour moneylist with ￥79,962,533 – a massive ￥35,000,000 ahead of second placed Hiroshi Iwata. Australia’s Brad Kennedy sits in third place with ￥40,927,733.