Japan Tour plays PGA Championship

BY Bruce Young | Japan Tour | 2012 PGA Championship Nissin Cupnoodle Cup | Preview | 08 May 2012

The Japan Tour is back in action this week after a one week break, the Japan PGA Championship Nissin Cupnoodles Cup at the Karasuyamajo Country Club to the north of Tokyo the venue for one of the flagship events of the Japan Tour’s schedule.

It is 23 years since the event was last played at this layout, that being in 1989 when Mashashi Ozaki was the champion.

Hiroo Kawai is the defending champion this year as a result of his two shot victory over Sang Moon Bae.

Japanese golfers have won eight of the last eleven PGA Championships but there is every reason to believe that a foreigner could win for the first time since Korean S.K. Ho won in 2005.

The large Korean contingent is weakened by the absence of KT Kim who is playing an event in his homeland this week but there are many others who could do well.

S.K. Ho himself has made a solid start to the year and could potentially secure his third win in the event having won not only in 2005 but in 2004 also.

20 year old Kyoung-Hoon Lee is a rookie on the Japan Tour this season but in the events he has played to date he has impressed and could easily follow in the footsteps of Sang-Moon Bae and KT Kim.

Lee was not even born when Jumbo Ozaki won this event the last time it was played here in 1989.

The Australian contingent is headed by Brendan Jones who is the Japan Tour’s current money list leader having won the first event of the season a month ago.

Other Australasians in the field are Paul Sheehan, Brad Kennedy, David Smail, Neven Basic and Richard Tate.

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