Date: July 09, 2018
Author: Mark Hayes

Kennedy birdie spree seals victory

If there's one thing Brad Kennedy will hang his hat on when his stellar professional career ends, it will be his never-say-die attitude.

And the 44-year-old can add another memorable chapter to that tome today after a stunning third career victory on the Japan Golf Tour.

Kennedy started his third and final round at the rain-shortened Shigeo Nagashima Invitational in a share of eighth and immediately looked in trouble with a bogey on the second hole at the North Country Club in Hokkaido.

But what followed was one of the best responses in the Queenslander's fine career.

Birdies on the third, fourth and fifth holes were enough to put Kennedy back on track.

By the time, three more on the seventh, 10th and 11th dropped, the Gold Coaster had his eye on Hyung-Sung Kim's lead.

Then three more, for a career-best nine in total, on the 14th, 17th and 18th holes were enough for a three-stroke victory as Kim wilted under the onslaught.

On a day when nobody else in the top dozen bettered 69, Kennedy's eight-under-par 64 was more than enough for his 12th professional win and to propel him into the top 10 on the JGTO money list.

Sydney's Won Joon Lee maintained his good form to finish T26, one shot ahead of Victorian David Bransdon, while Anthony Quayle also made the cut in another good showing in his rookie season in Japan.

Impressively, Australia now has four inside the top 30 on the JGTO money list with Kennedy (8), Brendan Jones (16), Matt Griffin (21) and Quayle (26) having effectively wrapped up their 2019 cards already.