S.K. Ho finally wins Japan PGA Championship

BY Bruce Young | Japan Tour | 2004 Japan PGA Championship | Wrap | 16 May 2004
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Korean S.K. Ho today went one better than he had in last year’s Japan PGA Championship, when he outlasted Keiichiro Fukabori to win this year’s event by just one shot. Last year Ho was been beaten by one shot by Shingo Katayama. He had also finished third in this event in 2002 so perhaps today, justice was served.

Ho had earlier this season finished sixth at the Token Homemate Cup and fifth at the Crowns so while only his second win on the Japan Golf Tour, this win was not exactly unexpected.

This week’s event had been rain shortened to 54 holes as a result of a washout on day one, but for Ho it was a case of leading from the start as he had opened with a first round 66 on Thursday to share the first round lead with David Ishii and went on to again share the lead at the completion of 36 holes.

Ho and Yasuharu Imano led into round three but although he had an early hiccup with a bogey at the second today, Ho drew away to lead by four over Keiichiro Fukabori at the turn, a lead that seemed insurmountable until Fukabori stormed home in 32 to miss a playoff by just one.

Kaname Yokoo followed up his runner up placing last week at the Fujisankei Classic with a share of third with Hideto Tanihara for third, with Tanihara’s last round 66, the equal best of the day.

Australian Paul Sheehan followed up his runner up placing two weeks ago at the Crowns and his win last week at the Fujisankei with another solid week here for a share of eighth and, as a result, he is now atop the 2004 Japan Golf Tour rankings. He leads the money list with 37.6 million yen ($A473,000) some $A16,000 ahead of Katayama.

Brendan Jones was 14th and has fourth place on the money list with, David Smail 32nd, the only other Australasian to make the cut.

The Japan Golf Tour now heads to Munsingwear Open KSB Cup starting Thursday 20th May.

 

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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