Miyazato's victory ends Japan Tour

BY Bruce Young | Japan Tour | 2013 Golf Nippon Series JT Cup | Wrap | 09 Dec 2013

Yusaku Miyazato has won his very first Japan Tour title with a three shot win over Chinese star Ashun Wu at the final event of the 2013 Japan Golf Tour season, the Golf Nippon Series, J.T. Cup.

Miyazato, the older brother of former female number one, Ai Miyazato, took a three shot lead into the final round and that was the way it would finish although it would be China’s second highest ranked player ,Wu, who would end up in second position.

Hideto Tanihara, in a good run of form of late, finished third one shot behind Wu.

Brad Kennedy was the only Australian in the field but he finished 25th in the 30 man line-up.

Kennedy finished as the leading Australian on the Japan Tour money list in 18th position with ¥52,835,054 or A$560,000 and one victory.

Brendan Jones led for the first half of the season but injury and then surgery saw him finish 29th in a season which included one win.

Japan Tour rookie, New Zealander Michael Hendry, earned a start in the event courtesy of his win in the New Zealand PGA Championship earlier in the season and earned enough to finish inside the all important top 70 on the money list and retain his status for the 2014 Japan Tour.

The event brings to an end the 2013 season, a season that has seen the transformation of Hideki Matsuyama from an exciting amateur to a world class star.

Matsuyama, who was forced to withdraw through illness from the last event of the season, has won four events in his first season as a professional, easily led the money list and improved to 23rd in the world ranking.

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