Date: November 18, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Jones fourth in Japan as Donald wins

World number three Luke Donald has carded a three-under-par 68 to complete a five-stroke victory at the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan. In an inconsistent final round on Sunday, Donald shot three birdies, an eagle and two bogeys but was never significantly challenged on his way to victory at the Phoenix Country Club in the south of Japan. Englishman Donald started with two birdies and an eagle in the opening eight holes but bogeys on the ninth and 10th halted the 34-year-old&aposs momentum. Having started the final round of the Japan Golf Tour event four strokes clear at the top of the leaderboard, Donald cruised through the back nine with seven consecutive pars following his bogey on the 10th hole and wrapped things up with a birdie on the 18th. Japanese amateur Hideki Matsuyama took second place thanks to a four-under 67 to finish on 11 under for the tournament, while Koumei Oda was a shot behind in third. Australia&aposs Brendan Jones finished in a tie for fourth with Hiroyuki Fujita. Jones carded an even-par 71 in the final round allowing Fujita to join him at nine under.