CHIBA – Michio Matsumura and Masatsugu Morofuji, who are in their 20s, poured water on Toru Taniguchi’s head to celebrate their mentor’s 17th career victory on Sunday.
Taniguchi, a two-time JGTO Tour money title winner, rolled back the years with a vintage performance to win the Bridgestone Open by five strokes at Sodegaura Country Club.
“It was good to see those young guys wait for me to share the joy of victory after they finished their rounds earlier,” the 43-year-old Taniguchi said. “Now I often train with them, but I used to act alone all the time. I didn’t like to hang around with other golfers.”
Many young players have outperformed veterans on the Japanese tour in recent years, most notably 20-year-old Ryo Ishikawa, a nine-time winner already.
“Now I know working with young guys affects both of us positively, and I feel like I’m motivated more,” he said.