Date: April 21, 2014
Author: Golf Australia

Wrist hampers Jones season

Japan Tour player Brendan Jones got to spend a rare Easter at home in Canberra with his family as a nagging wrist injury continues to prevent him competing in Japan. In what is normally a busy period for the Japan Tour, Jones returned home after missing the cut of the Token Homemate Cup last Friday. After nearly six months on the sidelines, Jones needed painkillers to play in the opening event in Japan. “It&aposs nowhere near where it needs to be … there&aposs no way I&aposm near ready to play,” Jones told David Polkinghorne at the Canberra Times. “The whole idea of going back last week was to see where I was at with the recovery and it&aposs just nowhere near it.” Jones isn&apost sure what is causing the pain – whether it was scar tissue or even a permanent stitch that was put into one of his tendons, in addition to the three screws put in his wrist late last year. “I&aposve taken anti-inflammatories, pain medication and strapped the wrist and it was still hurting so I need to speak to the surgeon and see what he suggests,” Jones told the Canberra Times. His return to regular Tour golf is on hold for now, with the 13-time Japan Tour winner planning a potential start in August or September for the second half of the Japanese season. Jones missed the cut in Token by just one shot. “I didn&apost play too badly, but it just hurt,” Jones said.”I enjoyed being back out there, but I was playing in pain.” “It just proved to me that I missed it and I want to get this thing right and get back out there.” “Just seeing all my friends up there and getting back out on the golf course, I did enjoy it but I&aposm nowhere near ready.”