Impressive Kim wins Japan Open
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24 year old Korean golfer, Kyung-Tae Kim, is the Japan Open champion after a stunning final round of 64 saw him win the event by two shots over Hiroyuki Fujita at the Aichi Country Club in Nagoya.
For Kim it was the second win of his Japan Tour career and of the 2010 season on the Japan Golf Tour having won the Diamond Cup earlier this year. It was his 12th top ten in 16 starts on the Japan Golf Tour this season, continuing his impressive rise in the game.
Heading into this week’s event Kim was in third position on the money list behind Ryo Ishikawa and Hiroyuki Fujita but the massive ¥40million first prize takes Kim back to the top of the money list ahead of ¥16 million ahead of Fujita with Ishikawa now in third position.
Currently 63rd in the World Ranking the win is sure to move Kim close to the all important top 50.
Fujita finished two shots behind the winner, a final round of 70 not good enough to hold off Kim’s powerful finish.
American Han Lee, 18 year old amateur Hideki Matsumaya and three time Japan Tour winner Toshinori Muto were tied in third position with Muto’s double bogey at the last costing him outright second position.
Pre tournament favourite Ryo Ishikawa finished in a share of 8th with, amongst others, Australian Chris Campbell who all but ensured he would remain on the Japan Golf Tour in 2011 by moving to 56th on the money list with a cheque for ?4.85 millionGolf Balls
Brendan Jones was the next best of the Australians when he finished 16th while the only other Australian to make the cut was former winner Paul Sheehan who finished in a share of 20th.
Jones remains the leading Australian on the Japan Golf Tour in 9th position, Paul Sheehan in 56th position and Chris Campbell 56th.
The Japan Golf Tour now plays the Bridgestone Open in Chiba Prefecture.He might have struggled over the closing stages of the Iskandar Johor Open today at the Horizon Hills GCC in Johor Bahru in Malaysia but Padraig Harrington was still a decisive winner of the US$ 1.25 million Asian Tour event.Golf Bags
It was Harrington’s first win in an IGF sanctioned event since the PGA Championship in 2008 and he will be delighted to have found the winner’ circle once again.
Harrington battled through the pain barrier in round three after damaging a neck nerve in his warm up and even considered withdrawing from the event but given that he was leading decided to battle on.
He will be glad he did as although it is not the greatest field he has beaten it is an encouraging return to form.Developing Golf
Harrington dropped three shots in the last three holes but still won with three shots in hand over the brilliant teenager Noh Seung-yul who extended his already significant lead on the 2010 Asian Tour money list.
Scott Barr was 5th, Scott Hend and Marcus Both both closed in 19th while Gavin Flint and Marcus Fraser were 23rd.
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