Date: November 11, 2012
Author: Omnisport

Kennedy ties for ninth in Japan

Ryo Ishikawa secured his first title in two years, while Australian Brad Kennedy finished in a tie for ninth at the Taiheiyo Masters on Sunday. Ishikawa, who took a one-shot lead into the final round, carded a four-under 68 for a total of 15-under 273 at the Taiheiyo Club in Shizuoka. The 21-year-old, whose last victory came at the same event in 2010, became the youngest player to win 10 times on the Japan Golf Tour. Michio Matsumura (70) finished one stroke behind the winner in second place, while fellow Japanese Yoshinori Fujimoto (70) was third at 12 under. Japan&aposs Hideki Matsuyama (69) and American Han Lee (71) tied for fourth at 11 under, one shot ahead of Hiroshi Iwata (67) in sixth place. Kennedy fired a competitive 68 to earn a share of ninth at eight under alongside Japan&aposs Hideto Tanihara (69) and Akinori Tani (69), as well as South Korean duo Ryu Hyun-Woo (67) and Jang Ik-Jae (73). Australia&aposs Brendan Jones (71) was a further shot adrift in 14th, while New Zealander David Smail and Australians Steven Conran and Kurt Barnes were in a tie for 15th at six under.