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Brendan Jones one behind lead in Japan

Jones holding the trophy for his last victory in Japan two years ago (Photo: Japan Golf Tour )
Australian golfer Brendan Jones is just one shot off the lead through 36 holes of the Mynavi ABC Championship near Osaka, the 43-year old from Canberra trailing Yuta Kinoshita as the event heads into the weekend.

Jones has great memories of this event having won the first of his 14 Japan Tour titles here in 2002 and after another solid season in Japan this year he chases his 15th title and his first since the ANA Open in mid-2016.

“Hey, this is the place I had my first win, long long time ago, but I still have memories of that,“ said Jones after his opening round yesterday. “Obviously, the golf course has changed little bit. This year the course is more difficult.

“The rough is quite long, but I think my game management has been very good. I am hitting irons on the holes that I don't feel comfortable on, and I am playing smart.”

Jones added a second consecutive round of 67 today although he will rue a triple bogey at his 6th hole on day one when he hit two balls out of bounds at the 15th hole of the layout at the ABC Golf Club.

Kinoshita, in his third season on the Japan Tour, has yet to win but there has been plenty of evidence this year to suggest the breakthrough is not far away.

Scott Strange, Won Joon Lee and Anthony Quayle are the next best of the Australians in 36th place and David Bransdon 47th the only others to make the cut.

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