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Jones Second to 'Fisherman' at Japan's Casio World Open

Jones is the highest ranked foreigner on the Japan Tour's career money list (file) (Photo: Bruce Young)
Australia’s Brendan Jones has finished runner-up at the Japan Golf Tour’s Casio World Open finishing just one shot behind the winner Ho Sung Choi of Korea in a tight finish to the A$2.6 million event.

Jones was playing two groups ahead of Choi and set the target with a final hole birdie for a round of 66 but 20 minutes later Choi was equal to the task and avoided a playoff by producing a closing birdie of his own.

Sometimes referred to as 'The Fisherman' because of his bizarre post-shot routine, Ho Sung Choi is now a two-time winner on the Japan Tour, breaking through for his first title in nearly six years.

For Jones however it continues an excellent run of form in recent weeks and moves him to 6th on the 2018 Japan Tour money list with earnings of (equiv) $A850,000.

The Canberra based 43 year old finished 3rd in last week's Dunlop Phoenix Tournament and was 6th two starts earlier so it has been an excellent finish to the season for him.

Jones earned $A250,000 this week alone and moves to 10th on the all-time Japan Tour money list with earnings of nearly A$13 million.

That figure puts Jones well clear as the highest earning foreigner in the history of the Japan Tour.

Brad Kennedy and Scott Strange were the next best of the Australians this week when they finished 16th,  while Matthew Griffin was 38th.

New Zealander Mike Hendry finished 31st this week and finishes the season in 61st place on the money list which should be enough for him to retain his Japan Tour status.

The final event of the 2018 Japan Tour season will be played in Tokyo this week when the Golf Nippon Series event, essentially a Tour Championship bringing together a field of 30 leading money and event winners, is contested.

Jones and Kennedy are the two Australians in the field.

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