Sophie Gustafson to play men's Japan Tour event

BY Bruce Young | Japan Tour | 2003 Casio World Open | Preview | 26 Nov 2003
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In an unusual move for the Japan Golf Tour, Sweden’s Sophie Gustafson is playing this week’s Casino World Open near Kagoshima in Southern Japan.

The last of the full field events on the 2003 Japan Golf Tour season, the Casio World Open carries prizemoney of $A1,850,000.

Gustafson has had a fine year, both in the US and Europe, winning the Samsung World Championship in Houston in October and three events on the Ladies European Tour. She will be looking to join fellow LPGA golfer Se Ri Pak in making the cut in a men’s tour event in 2003. Pak did so in Korea last month when she finished tenth at the SBS Super Tournament.

If Gustafson is able to do so however, she will become the first woman in 58 years to make the cut in an event on a tour sanctioned by the International Federation of PGA Tours. The Korean event was part of the Korean Tour and not therefore under the umbrella of the International Federation.

Gustafson is the second longest hitter on the LPGA Tour this year behind Annika Sorenstam at an average of 269 yards. Such an average would have her ranked just inside the top 100 on the Japan Golf Tour.


Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1 -24 Katsumune Imai Japan 65 65 67 67 264
T2   ↑T4 -17 Brendan Jones Australia 73 67 64 67 271
T2   ↑T6 -17 Shingo Katayama Japan 73 66 66 66 271
T4   ↑T8 -16 Jong Duck Kim South Korea 71 67 68 66 272
T4   ↓2 -16 Soushi Tajima Japan 67 71 64 70 272
T4   ↑T6 -16 Tommy Nakajima Japan 72 68 65 67 272
T7   ↓3 -14 Jyoti Randhawa India 68 66 69 71 274
T7   ↑T10 -14 Shigemasa Higaki Japan 69 71 67 67 274
9   ↓T4 -13 Mamo Osanai Japan 69 66 69 71 275
T10   ↑T17 -12 Naomichi Joe Ozaki Japan 71 70 68 67 276
Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
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