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Adam Scott returns to tournament golf in Japan

Adam Scott will play his first event in five weeks. (Photo: Henry Peters)
Adam Scott returns to tournament golf this week, five weeks since his last event at the BMW Championship during the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup Playoffs.

Scott will tee it up at this week’s Japan Open at Yokohama Country Club, playing the national open for the 4th occasion in the last five years.

The former World No. 1 has a best of 7th in those three previous starts, that effort coming in 2015 when finishing eight shots behind the winner, Japanese ace Satoshi Kodaira.

Scott is currently 41st in the world ranking after dropping 10 positions from his standing at the start of the year although at one stage he had slipped outside the top 70 before a late season rally including a 3rd place at the PGA Championship and a 5th place finish at the first FedEx Cup Playoffs event in New Jersey.

Scott joins fellow Australians Brad Kennedy, Brendan Jones, Matthew Griffin, Won Joon Lee, Anthony Quayle, Scott Strange and amateur David Micheluzzi in the field for the $2.43 million event.

Victorian Amateur David Micheluzzi gets a great opportunity at the prestigious Japan Open.

Micheluzzi was in a great position through 54 holes at last week's Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship before a final round 77 saw him eventually finish 30th. 

Last week's Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion Takumi Kanaya, who finished runner-up at the Japan Open last year, also tees it up this week. 

The last time an Australian won the Japan Open was in 2006 when Paul Sheehan hoisted the trophy at Tokyo 2020 Olympic venue Kasumigaseki Country Club.

The only other Australian to win Japan's most prestigious event was Craig Parry in 1997.     

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