TOJO, Hyogo Pref. – Brendan Jones became the third first-time winner from the southern hemisphere in as many weeks Sunday, capturing the Philip Morris Championship with a tournament record after a final-round 70.
Jones maintained the lead he took with a first-round 65 as the Australian went wire-to-wire to claim the first title of his professional career at 19-under-par 269, two shots clear of defending champion Toshimitsu Izawa.
Jones’ 72-hole score was a shot better than the previous tournament mark set by Ryoken Kawagishi three years ago.
Jones’ biggest payday so far in his career followed the victories of New Zealander David Smail at the Japan Open two weeks ago and Australian Scott Laycock at last week’s Bridgestone Open.
Izawa could only match Jones with a 70 and finished runnerup at 17-under 271.
Fukuzawa holds on
ABIKO, Chiba Pref. (Kyodo) Overnight leader Takaaki Fukuzawa held off a final-round charge by Isao Aoki on Sunday to claim his first Japan PGA Senior Open by one shot.
The 50-year-old Fukuzawa, playing in his rookie season on the senior tour, fired a 2-under-par 70 with four birdies and two bogeys for a winning total of 9-under 279.
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