Date: June 30, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Brendan Jones wins in Japan, books Open berth

Australia&aposs Brendan Jones has clinched his 13th Japan Tour title and a berth at The Open Championship at Muirfield after winning the Mizuno Open on Sunday. Jones finished three shots clear of his nearest challenger, carding 19-under overall on the back of his final-round four under. “I played great. I putted well, felt like I knew where all my shots were going and felt like I was in control of the tournament all weekend and that does not happen very often!” said Jones on way to Nagoya where he will stay overnight before flying to Hokkaido for next week&aposs Sega Sammy Cup. “I went back to my old wedges this week and that really made quite a difference.” KT Kim was the only realistic chance of overcoming Jones on Sunday, and could only finish with a three-under 69 to earn runners-up honours at the JFE Setonaikai Golf Club in Okayama. Third was Makoto Inoue on 13 under, while Tetsuji Hiratsuka and Shingo Katayama were tied for fourth on 11 under. A group of six rounded out the top-10 in a tie for sixth place, with each of Jung-Gon Hwang, Ji-Ho Yang, Michael Hendry, Daisuke Kataoka, Hidemasa Hoshino and Dong-Kyu Jang all tied on 10 under. But the day belonged to the 38-year-old New South Welshman, who will start in a major for just the 11th time in his career, and at the Open for the fourth time in July. It was Jones&apos second Mizuno Open title, after claiming the 2004 version in a playoff.