45 year old Brandson, who is in his third year on the Japan Golf Tour, recorded just his third top ten in that time with a final round of 69 on a day where 36 holes were needed to make up for a lost time caused by the effects a severe storm in this southern region of Japan.
Bransdon, who has twice won Tier 2 events on the PGA Tour of Australasia and was once runner-up at the New Zealand Open, began the delayed event on Friday with a round of 66 to be just one off the lead and stayed in touch as the event negotiated its way through a delayed schedule.
A birdie at his final hole today was important as it ensured a cheque for $A55,000 (equiv) and that he would finish inside the top ten and, very importantly, move him to 34th on the Japan Tour money list for 2019 and provide a cushion as he chases a return to Japan in 2020.
The event was won by 27 year old, Ryo Ishikawa, who, 12 years after his first win and three years after his last victory in August of 2016, recorded his 15th Japan Tour title, one of those as a 15-year-old amateur.
The former Presidents Cup team member won a playoff over Korean Jung-Gon Hwang after his final round of 66 saw him come from four shots off the 54 hole pace to claim one of the Japan Tour’s more prestigious titles.
After major back injury issues earlier in the season, the Japan Tour will be delighted to have one of their most marketable personalities back near the top of his game.
Won Joon Lee (38th) and Adam Bland (58th) were the other Australians to make the cut while New Zealander Mike Hendry finished 32nd.
The Japan Tour now takes a six-week break before returning in Hokkaido on August 22nd.
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