Stop start Japan schedule on again
BY Bruce Young | Japan Tour | 2014 Dunlop SRIXON Fukushima Open Golf Tournament | Preview | 29 Jul 2014
The stop start schedule that is the Japan Golf Tour in 2014 recommences this week in Fukushima about 200 kilometres north of Tokyo where the inaugural Dunlop SRIXON Fukushima Open Golf Tournament will be played.
It has been three week since the last Japan Tour event in Sapporo and it will be another three weeks before the KBC Augusta event in Fukuoka and despite the relatively small purse many of the leading players on the Japan Tour are in the field because there are is such a scarcity of events in which to play.
Koumei Oda, Taichi Teshima and Yusaku Miyazato are amongst this year’s leading money earners in Japan and all are in this week’s field.
The Australians are also well represented with Brendan Jones, Steve Jeffress, Richard Tate, Kurt Barnes, Adam Bland, Stephen Leaney and Matthew Guyatt making the trip for what is effectively the one off event.
Jones, Australia’s most successful player in Japan over the past 12 years or so, is playing effectively his second event on the Japan Tour this season after a lengthy break through injury and surgery. He made an initial foray, perhaps a little early, in April and was forced to withdraw but returned again earlier this month and made the cut this time without pain from his wrist issues.
Now apparently free from the issues that had been plaguing him Jones begins the second half of the season looking to make up for lost ground but more importantly just getting his game back in shape.
His problem will be building continuity given the lack of tournaments in Japan at present but he has made a commitment to play the Fiji International in two week’s time which will give him more game time.