Kennedy goes close at Japan PGA Championship

Australia’s Brad Kennedy has narrowly missed claiming his third Japan Tour win following his runner-up finish at the Japan PGA Championship at Kanehide Kise Country Club in Kise, Okinawa.

The 42-year-old, who began the day in a six-way for tie for 9th place, finished three shots behind eventual winner, Yusaku Miyazato, after a superb final round of 66 put him in the clubhouse at 9-under 279.

Brad Kennedy Brad Kennedy (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Miyazato, whose sister is former world number one LPGA golfer, Ai Miyazato, was able to match Kennedy’s round to secure his fifth Japan Tour title and his second in succession with his success at The Crowns in late April.

The 36-year-old Okinawan native now enjoys a substantial lead on the Japan Tour moneylist with ¥57,199,412 (AUD$680,000) while Brad Kennedy moves to 9th place with ¥18,264,000. Fellow Australian Todd Sinnott sits one place back in 10th place with ¥17,924,280.

14-time Japan Tour winner Brendan Jones and Aaron Townsend finished the next best of the Aussies in a tie for 29th.

South Australia’s Adam Bland, who won the title in 2015, was tied for 40th while Kurt Barnes and Won Joon Lee finished 45th and 58th respectively after poor Sundays. Todd Sinnott missed the weekend cut by two strokes.

The Japan Tour moves back to the mainland this week for the Kansai Open Championship in Kyoto where Kennedy became the only Australian to win the title in 2013.