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Impressive Kim wins Japan Open

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24 year old Korean golfer, Kyung-Tae Kim, is the Japan Open champion after a stunning final round of 64 saw him win the event by two shots over Hiroyuki Fujita at the Aichi Country Club in Nagoya.

For Kim it was the second win of his Japan Tour career and of the 2010 season on the Japan Golf Tour having won the Diamond Cup earlier this year. It was his 12th top ten in 16 starts on the Japan Golf Tour this season, continuing his impressive rise in the game.

Heading into this week's event Kim was in third position on the money list behind Ryo Ishikawa and Hiroyuki Fujita but the massive ¥40million first prize takes Kim back to the top of the money list ahead of ¥16 million ahead of Fujita with Ishikawa now in third position.

Currently 63rd in the World Ranking the win is sure to move Kim close to the all important top 50.

Fujita finished two shots behind the winner, a final round of 70 not good enough to hold off Kim's powerful finish.

American Han Lee, 18 year old amateur Hideki Matsumaya and three time Japan Tour winner Toshinori Muto were tied in third position with Muto's double bogey at the last costing him outright second position.

Pre tournament favourite Ryo Ishikawa finished in a share of 8th with, amongst others, Australian Chris Campbell who all but ensured he would remain on the Japan Golf Tour in 2011 by moving to 56th on the money list with a cheque for ¥4.85 million

Brendan Jones was the next best of the Australians when he finished 16th while the only other Australian to make the cut was former winner Paul Sheehan who finished in a share of 20th.

Jones remains the leading Australian on the Japan Golf Tour in 9th position, Paul Sheehan in 56th position and Chris Campbell 56th.

The Japan Golf Tour now plays the Bridgestone Open in Chiba Prefecture.

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