Japan Tour plays PGA Championship

BY Bruce Young | Japan Tour | 2013 PGA Championship Nissin Cupnoodle Cup | Preview | 15 May 2013

The Japan Tour is back in business this week when it plays its PGA Championship at the Sobu Country Club’s Sobhu Course in Chiba outside of Tokyo.

The $A1.5 million event is one of the flagship events of the Tour, Toru Taniguchi winning the event for the second occasion last year and here to defend his title after surprisingly missing the cut at his most recent event at the Crowns.

The pre tournament favourite is sure to be the new golden boy of Japanese golf, Hideki Matsuyama, who in just three events as a professional has finished 10th, 1st and runner-up.

Nine Australasians are in the field including Brendan Jones, Brad Kennedy, Steve Conran, David Smail, Kurt Barnes, Paul Sheehan, Richard Tate and two players who are non regulars on the Japan Tour, Scott Strange and Scott Hend.

Hend and Strange have been in good form of late , Hend winning on the Asian Tour and Strange finishing runner-up in New Zealand and in Thailand.

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