Japan Tour swings back into action
BY Bruce Young | Japan Tour | 2013 Kansai Open Golf Championship | General | 21 Aug 2013
The Japan Golf Tour swings back into action this week after a six week break when the Kansai Open is played at the Olympic Golf Club near Osaka.
The event is the poorer cousin of most other events on the Japan Golf Tour, the ¥60 million nearly half the average purse in most other events but it offers a chance for some to get their season back on track while for others there is the opportunity, after some time away from competitive golf, to have their game in shape for the bigger events over the next few months.
Not surprisingly the Japan Tour’s current superstar, Hideki Matsuyama, is not in this week’s field, the 21 year old no doubt keen for a brief rest before what is shaping as a big last few months of the season including a place in the International Presidents Cup side.
Satoshi Kodaira and Hyung Sung Kim are the numbers two and three on the money list and they will both play but Australia’s Brendan Jones (currently number four on the money list)will not return to the Japan Tour until next week’s Vana H Cup KBC Augusta event in Fukuoka.
Australasians in this week’s field however are Brad Kennedy, Aaron Townsend, Kurt Barnes, David Smail, Michael Hendry, James McLean, Paul Sheehan, Ryan Haller and Richard Tate.
Haller might well have been at this week’s Queensland Open where he has held the title of the Queensland Open Champion since his victory in 2007 but he needs to build on what has been a disappointing season to date if he is to have any chance of retaining his status for 2014.