Jones beats Jang in Nagoya playoff


Australia’s Brendan Jones picked up his 10th career JGTO Tour victory on Sunday, defeating I.J. Jang of South Korea with a birdie on the first playoff hole.

There was no repeat of last year’s final-round 58 by Ryo Ishikawa. The 19-year-old shot an even-par 70 to finish six strokes out of the playoff in a tie for 12th at Nagoya Golf Club.

Jones, who entered the day with a two-shot lead, and Jang tied at 9-under 271 after rounds of 70 and 68, respectively.

On the first extra hole, the 435-yard, par-4 18th, Jang failed to reach the green in two shots but saved par, while Jones hit his second shot to about six feet and made the putt in pouring rain.

“I was thinking about that over the putt,” Jones said when he was asked to comment on his 10th victory. “I knew that it was for my 10th win, and I’m just so happy that it went in.”