Date: September 27, 2010

Jones wins Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open

FINAL SCORES Former Golf Australia National Squad member Brendan Jones held off a charge from Japan s star players to claim a one-stroke victory at the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open in Kobe, Japan. With the first round cancelled due to heavy rain, the tournament was shortened to 54 holes. Starting final round three strokes off the lead, Jones shot a closing round of five-under-par 66, the week s lowest, to win his ninth career title at the Rokko Kokusai Golf Club’s East course. Overnight leader Ryuichi Oda finished second. Jones, who totaled six-under-par 207 for the week and won US$356,000, was beaming with joy after ending a two and a half year title drought. I m so excited to have finally won again. The last two and a half years have been a bit of a dry spell. I ve played well but not quite well enough to win tournaments. It’s finally good to lift another trophy, said the Australian, who is a regular on the Japan Golf Tour. “I putted a lot better this week and that s the thing. When I putt well, I win tournaments and I haven t putted well for a long time, said Jones, who needed 26 putts during the final round. Srixon Australian Amateur champion Matt Jager and Master of the Amateurs champion Jordan Sherratt received invitations to the event but both missed the cut.