Date: October 16, 2006
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Sheehan too good in Japan

Australian Paul Sheehan has kept all challengers at bay to win the Japan Open by three shots from Azuma Yano. Sheehan began the day just two shots clear of Shingo Katayama, but the local hope dropped back early with three bogeys in the first three holes. Takuya Taniguchi also stayed in touch until he bogeyed twice late in the front nine to drop back to three-under for the tournament. Sheehan himself extended his lead further with a birdie at the fourth, but handed that shot back at the seventh. Heading to the back nine, Yano was the only man who could catch Sheehan after he birdied the ninth, but his challenge was short lived as he bogeyed the 12th. Sheehan then put his lead out to four with a birdie at the 17th, before a bogey at the last saw him finish at even par for the day, and at seven-under for the tournament. Yano grabbed second, one shot clear of Taniguchi and Katsumasa Miyamoto, with a group of five players a further shot back at two-under. New Zealander David Smail was equal 21st at one-over after a final round 71. Brendan Jones was the next best Australian at four-over following his final round 69, while Steve Conran ended in a tie for 44th at eight-over. Leading scores after the final round of the Japan Open (par 71): -7: Paul Sheehan (Australia) 68 70 68 71 -4: Azuma Yano 69 74 66 71 -3: Katsumasa Miyamoto 75 71 66 69, Takuya Taniguchi 71 69 68 73 -2: Wei-Tze Yeh 70 70 73 69, SK Ho 71 71 70 70, Masaya Tomida 71 72 67 72, Hiroshi Iwata 71 67 71 73, Singo Katayama 67 69 71 75 -1: Toshinor Muto 71 73 71 68, Hideki Kase 71 70 70 72, Hidemasa Hoshimo 73 65 72 73, Yoshiaki Mano 68 73 69 73, Kiyoshi Murota 73 69 68 73 Also: +1: David Smail (NZ) 71 71 72 71 +2: Won Joon Lee (Australia) 70 67 72 77 +4: Brendan Jones (Australia) 75 71 73 69 +8: Steve Conran (Australia) 73 71 74 74 Courtesy of the PGA Tour of Australasia Visit http://www.jgto.org/ for complete scores.