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Hendry loses close quarter final in Japan

Hendry narrowly beaten in quarter final (Photo: Bruce Young)
Michael Hendry was the only remaining Australasian in the field when the Japan Tour’s ISPS Handa Match Play Championship in Chiba reached its Round of 16 stage but the New Zealander is now out of the tournament following a narrow 1 down loss to Tadahiro Takayama.

Hendry was never ahead in the match but he there was never more than one hole in what proved to be a gripping battle. Takayama edged ahead at the 16th hole for the final time and saw off his opponent by halving his final two holes to win 1 up.

Despite losing, Hendry will record a top ten in the lucrative event, his third of the season which will see him remain well inside the top twenty on this 2017 money list.

Takayama will now play South Korean Hyun Woo RYU in one of tomorrow’s semi-final match ups while Japan Tour veteran and prolific title winner Shingo Katayama faces  another South Korean Byung-Min CHO in the other.

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Bruce Young
About The Author : Bruce Young

A multi-award winning golf journalist, Bruce's extensive knowledge of and background in the game of golf comes from several years caddying the tournament circuits of the world, marketing a successful golf course design company and as one of Australia's leading golf journalists and commentators.

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