Japan Tour plays Tokai Classic
BY Bruce Young | Japan Tour | 2012 Coca-Cola Tokai Classic | Preview | 25 Sep 2012
The Japan Golf Tour has moved north to Nagoya for this week’s Coca Cola Tokai Classic where the Miyoshi Country Club’s West Course will again play host to the time honoured event.
The tournament was first played in 1973 when Jumbo Ozaki won the 5th of nearly 100 titles on the Japan Golf Tour at this venue and it has continued to play host since.
Sang Moon Bae won the event last year when Tadahiro Takayama bogeyed the final hole. Bae will not be in this year’s field the Korean now playing on the PGA Tour in the US.
The hottest player on the Japan Tour in 2012 is Hiroyuki Fujita and he is in this week’s field as he chases his third win of the season. Also chasing his third victory of 2012 is Australian Brendan Jones. Jones has not often played this event but when he has done so he has played well. Jones finished 4th in the event two years ago.
Jones played his first event in three weeks when he finished 18th last week at the Asia Pacific Panasonic Open and will be better for the ’run’.
The second highest world ranked player in the field after Fujita is the 2010 winner Ryo Ishikawa who has been well below his best in recent months and this might offer a chance to rekindle his impressive game.
Australasians other than Jones in the restricted field of 90 are Kurt Barnes, Paul Sheehan, David Smail and Neven Basic.
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