Jones and Smail make good starts at Casio

BY Bruce Young | Japan Tour | 2002 Casio World Open | Round One | 28 Nov 2002
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Recent tournament winners on the Japan Tour Australian Brendan Jones and New Zealander David Smail have made good starts in the grandly named Casio World Open in Japan. Played at the Ibusuki course about an hour from Kagoshima on the southern coast of Kyushu, the event brings to an end the series of lucrative end of season events before the season ending Japan Series next week.

Smail and Jones are tied in third place, one shot behind Kazuhiko Hosokawa and Tsukasa Watanabe who lead after opening rounds of five under 67.

Anthony Gilligan, Steve Conran and Richard Backwell are in 32nd place at one under, Richard Lee one shot further back in 51st place at even par.

The cut at present suggests a score of around even par, possibly one over, will make the cut.

The tournament carries a total purse of 140 million yen or $A2,000,000.


Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 Total
1   ↑T3 -16 David Smail New Zealand 68 68 64 200
2   ↓1 -14 Brendan Jones Australia 68 64 70 202
3   ↑T9 -11 Tsukasa Watanabe United States 67 72 66 205
4   ↓2 -10 Tateo Jet Ozaki Japan 69 66 71 206
T5   ↑T20 -8 Eduardo Herrera Colombia 68 73 67 208
T5   ↓T3 -8 Hajime Meshiai Japan 70 66 72 208
T5   ↑T13 -8 Saburo Fujiki Japan 72 68 68 208
T5   ↑8 -8 Zaw Moe Myanmar 70 68 70 208
T9   ↑T20 -7 Jeev Milkha Singh India 71 70 68 209
T9   ↑T13 -7 Shingo Katayama Japan 70 70 69 209
Position Score Player Country R1 R2 R3 Total
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