Quayle leads Aussies with runner-up finish in Japan

Jumping 400 spots in the world rankings in the space of a few months, was just one of the bonuses for young Australian professional Anthony Quayle after he finished in a tie for second at last weekend’s Crowns Tournament on the rich Japan Tour.

While the win by former US PGA champion Y.E. Yang overshadowed Quayle’s effort, it was no less impressive merely for the benefits he will derive from an impressive display.

Anthony Quayle Anthony Quayle (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Now based on the Gold Coast, but originally from the Northern Territory, Quayle fired a final-round of 67 in Nagoya to finish four shots behind Yang in a tie with South Korean Jung-Gon Hwan.

Certainly it was Quayle’s best finish and his biggest cheque in an 18-month professional career.

Yet it also proved a return from the golfing wilderness for Yang, who became the first Asian golfer to win a men’s major championship when he won the 2009 US PGA ahead of Tiger Woods.

This was his first tournament win in eight years after he finished as leading qualifier at last year’s Japan Tour School.

Quayle won about A$120,000 for his efforts as he looks to retain his status on the Japan Tour for 2019.

He has impressed in his time in the professional ranks with several top 10s in his rookie season last year and after claiming the right to play in Japan at the same Q-School which was won by Yang he is already showing he has more than his share of talent.

Quayle will jump inside the top 300 in the world after beginning the year just inside the top 700.

Next best of the Australians was Matthew Griffin, who also showed glimpses of form to finish tied for sixth while Canberra-based Brendan Jones finished in a share of 10th place.

The Japan Tour has a one week break before the Japan PGA Championship in Chiba.