Lucrative Dunlop Phoenix next in Japan
BY Bruce Young | Japan Tour | 2011 Dunlop Phoenix Tournament | Round One | 15 Nov 2011
The Japan Tour moves to the southern city of Miyazaki this week for the Dunlop Phoenix at the Phoenix Country Club.
The Japan Tour loses two of its stars this week with both Ryo Ishikawa and Kyung tae Kim playing in the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne but in every other respect, as an event of this status on the Japan Tour should, the tournament has attracted a strong field.
Prize-money of ¥200,000,000 makes this event the equal largest purse on the Japan Golf Tour.
Sang-moon Bae leads the money list this year and he, Toru Taniguchi and Koumei Oda, the other two of the leading three are in the field as is the defending champion Yuta Ikeda
Graeme McDowell is the leading world ranked player in the field and has played well lately. Gary Woodland, Pablo Larrazabal and Ricky Barnes are other invited internationals although Edoardo Molinari, the winner in 2009, also gets a start as a previous winner.
Last week’s surprise winner of the Visa Taiheiyo event, Hideki Mitsayama is also in the field off the back of his brilliant two shot victory.
Three Australasians are in the field, Brendan Jones, David Smail and Paul Sheehan. Sheehan played the Australian Open last week.
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