Japan Tour plays PGA Championship

The Japan Tour is at the Robert Trent Jones designed Golden Valley Golf Club in Nishikawi about an hour north and west of Kobe for the PGA Championship Nissan Cupnoodles Cup.

It is the first occasion the venue has been used for this event but it was the home of a regular tour event on the Japan Tour in previous years.

Being the PGA Championship for the Japan Tour the tournament has attracted a strong field although last year's superstar and the man who is likely to become one of Japan's best ever, Hideki Matsuyama, is in the US preparing for the US Open following his win in Ohio last Sunday.

The defending champion however, Hyung Sung Kim, made the cut at last year's Memorial Tournament and in his last Japan Tour event he won the Crowns. It is hard to imagine him not giving his defence of the title a real good shot.

Yusaku Miyazato has also won this season and narrowly leads the money list and did play well in this event last year albeit at another venue.

Philippine golfer, Juvic Pagusan, has been twice second this season and is probably lot too far away from his first Japan Tour win. He is a good enough player to break through and if it was this week it would be no surprise.

Michael Hendry, Brad Kennedy, Steve Conran, Scott Strange, Paul Sheehan, David Smail and Richard Tate are the Australasians to tee it up.


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Bruce Young
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