NEW Zealand's Michael Hendry has won the opening event of the Japan Golf Tour season with a superb closing round 64 at the Token Homemate Cup.
Hendry, who has been playing the Japan Tour for the past two seasons, started the final round three shots out of the lead but a blistering back nine at the Token Tado CC in Nagoya saw him win by one.
The 7-under round was the equal best of the day, Hendry collecting AU$280,000 for the win and now leading the Order of Merit.
The 36-year-old is a regular on the PGA Tour of Australasia and has previously won events both here and on the OneAsia Tour.
However, this week's win is the biggest of his career and comes after a difficult 2014 season where he admitted the birth of his first child distracted him from the game.
At the Australian PGA last year at Royal Pines Hendry said he expected 2015 to be a more productive season and his prediction came true in a week where he shot under 70 all four days.
Hendry was one of 11 Australasians in the field this week with six making the cut.
Brad Kennedy (T19) was next best followed by Kurt Barnes (T32), David Smail and Won Joon Lee (T38) and Scott Strange (72nd).
Missing the cut were Adam Bland, Brendan Jones, Matthew Guyatt, Steve Conran and Japan Tour rookie Matt Griffin.
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