Rio beckons as Kim wins again in Japan

Korea’s K.T. Kim continued his winning ways in Japan and strengthened his chances of claiming an Olympic Team berth for the Rio Games with his second victory of the season at the prestigious The Crowns tournament on Sunday.

A joint runner up at last week’s Panasonic Open, Kim came from two strokes adrift of leader Daisuke Kataoka to shoot 65 on Sunday to tie the Japanese player at 10-under before going on to clinch the title in a playoff.

K.T. Kim K.T. Kim (Credit: Japan Golf Tour)

It was the 2011 Presidents Cup team member’s 12th title on the Japan Golf Tour and continues a run of form that has been nothing short of sublime since breaking a lengthy slump with victory at the Thailand Open last June.

The Crowns title represented the 29-year old’s 7th win in Japan in the past 11 months.

New Zealand Open champion Matthew Griffin shot a final round 67 to tie for 5th at four-under while Brendan Jones, a realistic chance of taking the title on Sunday, shot a final round 71 to tie for 10th place.

The remaining Australians to make the weekend cut enjoyed solid weeks, with Adam Bland finishing strongly to tie for 18th and Kurt Barnes finishing tied 24th.