Visa Taiheiyo Masters begins season end
BY Bruce Young | Japan Tour | 2012 Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters | Preview | 07 Nov 2012
The Japan Golf Tour this week continues its run of flagship events when the Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Taiheiyo Masters is played at the Taiheiyo Golf Club’s Gotemba course in Shizuoka south of Tokyo and with Mt Fuji as the backdrop one of the most picturesque locations in Japanese golf. The tournament begins a four week season ending stretch of big events for the Japan Tour’s leading players.
The event has for many years been considered amongst the leading events on the Japan Golf Tour schedule, the field headed by the hottest player in Japan this season, Hiroyuki Fujita.
The defending champion is 20 year old amateur Hideki Matsuyama who although failing to win his third successive Asia Pacific Amateur event in Bangkok last week is still considered one of the best amateurs in world golf.
Matsuyama elevated his already highly regarded status in Japanese golf with a two shot victory over Toru Taniguchi last year and as perhaps the most exciting prospect in Japanese golf since Ryo Ishikawa then his performance this week will be watched with interest.
The winner in 2010 Ryo Ishikawa is also in the field and although he has not won this season he has played well enough to be a real chance of winning this title for the second occasion.
Australians in the field include the former winner Brendan Jones who in 2007 took the title in a dramatic finish. Jones has won twice this season on the Japan Tour and could well win again.
Brad Kennedy, Kurt Barnes, Paul Sheehan, David Smail, Neven Basic and Steve Conran are other Australasians to tee it up.
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