Matsuyama wins in Japan, Jones 4th
Talented 21-year old Hideki Matsuyama has won his 2nd Japan Golf Tour event and his first as a professional in a low scoring final round at the Tsuruya Open.
Matsuyama shot a final round six-under par 66 around the Yamanohara Golf Club course to defeat David Oh of the U.S. by one stroke, finishing at 18-under par.
Brendan Jones (Credit: Anthony Powter)
Matsuyama had previously won the Taiheyo Masters as an amateur in 2011 in the year he finished low amateur at the Masters in his debut appearance.
Australia’s Brendan Jones also finished the tournament with a final round of 66 to tie for 4th place with Hideto Tanihara and Juvic Pagunsan.
The big story of the early rounds was the incredible form of 66-year old “Jumbo” Ozaki, who easily broke his age with a 9-under par round of 62 in round one.
Sadly, a ‘Cinderella Story’ was not to be as the Hall of Famer followed with rounds of 72-72-76 for a still creditable 2-under par total and a tie for 51st against opponents, in Matsuyama’s case, who were not even a third of his age.
The Japan Golf Tour heads to Nagoya next week for The Crowns 2013, a tournament that has been played at the same golf course annually since its inception in 1973.
Australians David Graham, Graham Marsh (twice), Greg Norman, Peter Senior Roger Mackay and Brendan Jones have been past winners at this event, Jones most recently in 2011.