Date: September 19, 2016
Author: Mark Hayes

Jones joins all-time greats in Japan

Brendan Jones has won for a remarkable 14th time on the Japan Tour, saluting at the weekend's ANA Open.

The Canberran, whose win elevated him to 13th on the career money list in Japan, fired a closing 70 in Sapporo to fend off Yuta Ikeda by a stroke, with Ryo Ishikawa a shot further back in third.

Jones, 41, had led by two heading into the last round, but made two early bogeys to put his first win since major wrist surgery in 2013 in jeopardy.

But he fired birdies at the 7th and 9th to reignite his round as Ikeda made a slew of birdies in the group ahead.

Jones played blemish-free golf on the back nine, posting birdies at the par-5s – the 12th and 17th – to stay alongside Ikeda at the top of the board.

But when the Japanese ace made a bogey up the last, Jones needed only a par and was up to the challenge.

Jones collected almost $300,000 for his win and has now won almost $12milion in his Japanese career.

The victory bumped Jones, whose ranking had slipped into the mid-600s, back up to No.331 in the world. He has several times in his impressive career knocked on the door of the top 50.