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Barnes leads Australians at Honma Tourworld Cup

Barnes shows improvement as end of season approaches. (Photo: Bruce Young)
Kurt Barnes has finished 14th at the Japan Golf Tour’s Honma TourWorld Cup recording his second-best finish in 12 starts to keep his hopes of 2018 Japan playing status alive.

The NSW golfer added a final round of 67 on the low scoring layout to improve seven places from his overnight position and earn a cheque for (equivalent) $A18,000.

Barnes' other good finish this season came when 4th at the Kansai Open in May and he now sits 81st on the 2017 money list.

The 36-year-old needs to be at least inside the top 70 by season's end to have any status on the Japan Tour in 2018 and so there is further work to do in the remaining events he will have access to this season.

Barnes does not have a start at next week’s Japan Open and so his next opportunity to make progress will be at the Bridgestone Open beginning on October 19th.

Barnes finished the week some nine shots behind the winner Yusaku Miyazato who recorded his 6th Japan Tour victory when winning by three over veteran Shingo Katayama. Miyazato who is a brother of recently retired but former world number one female golfer, Ai, now heads to money list this season with more than $A1 million.

Brad Kennedy was the only other Australian to make the cut when he finished 22nd and remains as the leading Australian on this year’s money list despite having several weeks away from the Tour through injury.




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