Australasians look to continue top season at Japan PGA
BY iseekgolf.com | Japan Tour | 2004 Japan PGA Championship | Preview | 13 May 2004
The Japan Golf Tour’s PGA Championship gets underway today with three Australians as fancied candidates to win. Paul Sheehan, Brendan Jones and Scott Laycock are all inside the top ten on the Japan Golf Tour’s money list after five events of the 2004 season.
Last year Shingo Katayama won the PGA Championship by one shot over Korean S.K. Ho when the event was played at the Miho Golf Club in Ibaragi Prefecture. Katayama, this year’s leading money winner, has been 2nd, 7th and first in his three starts this season and is back to defend his title.
Paul Sheehan won last week at the Fujisankei Classic at the Kawana Golf Club, Brendan Jones won the Tsuruya Open and Laycock finished runner up at the Tsuruya Open and was 8th last week behind Sheehan.
This year’s venue is the Kochi Kuroshio Country Club in Kohchi Prefecture in the south of Japan.
The event carries a purse of 110 million yen ($A1.4 million) with the winner to receive the customary 20% that applies to all winners of events on the Japan Golf Tour.
Other Australasians entered are David Smail and Steve Conran.