Australasians look to continue top season at Japan PGA

BY | Japan Tour | 2004 Japan PGA Championship | Preview | 13 May 2004
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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.


Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 Total
1 -14 S.k. Ho South Korea 66 68 68 202
2   ↑3 -13 Keiichiro Fukabori Japan 66 69 68 203
T3   ↑T34 -7 Hideto Tanihara Japan 71 72 66 209
T3   ↑T6 -7 Kaname Yokoo Japan 67 71 71 209
T5   ↓4 -6 Hiroyuki Fujita Japan 69 67 74 210
T5   ↑T48 -6 Katsumasa Miyamoto Japan 74 70 66 210
T5   ↑T24 -6 Taichi Teshima Japan 70 72 68 210
T8 -5 Hidemasa Hoshino Japan 69 70 72 211
T8   ↑T24 -5 Paul Sheehan Australia 71 71 69 211
T8   ↑T10 -5 Satoru Hirota Japan 72 68 71 211
Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 Total
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