Taniguchi wins, Jones 6th at Japan PGA

BY Bruce Young | Japan Tour | 2012 PGA Championship Nissin Cupnoodle Cup | Wrap | 13 May 2012

44 year old Toru Taniguchi won his 18th Japan Tour title with a grinding one shot victory over Keiichiro Fukabori at the Japan PGA Championship Nissin Cupnoodles Cup at the demanding Karasuyamajo Country Club near Utsunomiya in Tochigi Prefecture.

So tough were the scoring conditions, that over the final 36 holes, of all the players to have made the cut, only one was able to break 70.

For Taniguchi it was his second win in the event having also won in 2010. Having first played the Japan Golf Tour in 1994, Taniguchi is the 5th highest money earner of all time on that Tour.

There was a further three shots back to the third placed Shunsuke Sonoda.

The leading Australian was Brendan Jones who finished in a share of 6th position and in doing so retained his lead on the 2012 Japan Golf Tour’s money list, just ahead of Taniguchi. Jones earned ¥4,452,500 (A$52,000) for his week’s work.

Brad Kennedy was the only other Australasian to make the cut when he finished 34th.

The Japan Golf Tour will now play the Totoumi Hamamatsu Open in Shizuoka Prefecture.

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