Photo: Brendan Jones is getting bigger in Japan, with another victory under his belt (Photo: Japan Tour)

Australia’s Brendan Jones added to his already impressive string of victories in Japan, clinching his 13th Japan Tour title at the Mizuno Open.

Jones’ four-under-par final round saw him finish atop the leaderboard at 19-under, three shots clear of the nearest competitor, KT Kim, whose final-round of 69 saw him finish at 16-under.

“I played great. I putted well, felt like I knew where all my shots were going and felt like I was in control of the tournament all weekend and that does not happen very often!” said Jones.

For his efforts the 38-year-old New South Welshman earned ¥22,000,000, and nabbed a coveted spot in last month’s Open Championship at Muirfield. It was Jones’ second Mizuno Open title, after claiming the 2004 version in a playoff.

With the win, Jones set records for the lowest winning score in event history (19-under); career wins on the Japanese Tour by a foreign player (13) and most money earned by a foreign player on the Tour, with a whopping ¥830,054,000 (over A$9 million) in his 12-year career in Japan.

“I never imagined I would be able to do something like that,” Jones said.

Last year, Jones was one of Australia’s most successful professionals, winning more than $1m in prizemoney courtesy of two victories on the Japan Tour.

IN THE BAG: BJ used the Callaway X Hot Driver and fairway woods, Legacy irons, the HEX Black Tour Golf Ball and an Odyssey putter.


Position Player Prize Score
WIN Brendan JONES ¥22,000,000 -19 269
2 Kyung-Tae KIM 11,000,000 -16 272
3 Makoto INOUE 7,480,000 -13 275
4T Tetsuji HIRATSUKA 4,840,000 -11 277
Shingo KATAYAMA 4,840,000 -11 277
6T Jung-Gon HWANG 3,265,166 -10 278
Ji-Ho YANG 3,265,166 -10 278
Dong-Kyu JANG 3,265,166 -10 278
Michael HENDRY 3,265,166 -10 278
Daisuke KATAOKA 3,265,166 -10 278
Hidemasa HOSHINO 3,265,166 -10 278



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