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Hendry Finishes 6th as Higa Breaks Through in Japan

Hendry - an important jump on the money list (Photo: Getty Images Mark Metclafe)
Michael Hendry has finished in a share of 6th place at the Japan Golf Tour’s Rizap KBC Augusta event in Fukuoka, the 39-year old New Zealander unable to build on a solid start to a final round which he began in a share of 2nd place.

Hendry, though, recorded his best finish on the Japan Tour in over a year and made an important move on the Japan Tour’s money list to 44th place.

The winner was 24-year-old Kazuki Higa who won by five shots over Rikuya Hoshino, completing his maiden win on the Japan Tour and doing so in style.

Higa finished with a birdie and an eagle to ensure his first win was an emphatic one.

Brad Kennedy finished as the leading Australian in 16th position, Brendan Jones was 24th, Matthew Griffin 35th, David Bransdon 42nd and Anthony Quayle 60th.

Brendan Jones remains the leading money winner this season in Japan in 12th place.

Of considerable interest today was the performance of Ryo Ishikawa who was chasing his third consecutive win on the Japan Tour but eventually finished in a share of 13th.

Ishikawa has entered calculations for one of the final four spots on the International Presidents Cup team. He currently leads the Japan Tour money list and has played the Presidents Cup on two occasions previously, one of those at Royal Melbourne where he defeated Bubba Watson in the singles.

Ernie Els could do worse than selecting yet Ishikawa given his form resurgence and experience.




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