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Brendan Jones Stays In Touch at Asia Pacific Open

Amateur David Micheluzzi is producing another good showing in a professional event (Photo: Henry Peters)
The Japan Tour’s Asia Pacific Open Championship Diamond Cup Golf has reached its halfway mark at the Sobhu Country Club in Chiba Prefecture in Japan and Brendan Jones remains as Australia’s leading hope heading into the weekend.

Jones added a second round of 72 to his opening round of 68 and, at 2 under par, he is two shots behind the leader, American Micah Lauren Shin who leads by one over Jones, Japan’s Tomoyo Ikemura, former US PGA Champion, Y.E.Yang, and first-round leader, Danthai Boonma.

"This course is brutal," said Jones. "There’s no let up at all. They got the fairways cut so short and we are playing from the rough quite a lot because it’s hard to hit these fairways.

"I played the first nine holes really well and didn’t do much wrong. But the second nine was pretty ugly. There was a lot of scrambling and I lost my rhythm and was just trying to make pars. Anything can happen on this golf course. I just got to continue to play as smart as I’ve been and give myself a chance on Sunday."

22-year old Victorian amateur, David Micheluzzi, is the next best placed Australian in 13th position at 1 over and five from the lead while Matthew Griffin, Brad Kennedy, Won Joon Lee and New Zealand rookie Denzel Iremia are another shot back at 2 over and in 19th position.

Adam Bland and New Zealander Ben Campbell also made the cut but were further back in the field.

 

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